The Evening Standard reports that an Egyptian lawyer has filed a €1 billion (£870 million) lawsuit against Real Madrid defender and captain Sergio Ramos.
It follows his challenge with Mohamed Salah in their Champions League final on Saturday, which saw the forward fall to the ground and immediately clutch his shoulder. After treatment, he tried to continue, but was forced to leave the pitch soon afterwards in tears, with fears that he may have dislocated the shoulder, which will cause him to miss Egypt’s World Cup campaign as well.
Now lawyer Bassem Wahba has decided to take matters in his own hands, telling Egyptian television that “Ramos intentionally injured Mo Salah and should be punished about his actions…. I’ve filed a lawsuit and a complaint to FIFA. I’ll ask for compensation, which could exceed €1 billion (£873 million), for the physical and psychological harm that Ramos gave Salah and the Egyptian people.”
Meanwhile, an online petition calling for FIFA to punish Ramos for his actions is gathering pace, with more than half a million signatures collected already and rising. The organisers argue that Ramos deliberately held the Egyptian’s arm under his armpit, causing the shoulder to dislocate.
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