It is the first time that an El Clásico first-half ended with so much heat, that saw four cards and one dismissal of Sergio Roberto for blowing a swat at Brazilian left back Marcelo. The red card lit the fuse that ended with a strong discussion of Lionel Messi with the referee in the locker room.
According to El Chiringuito de Jugones, Messi insulted the referee Alejandro Hernández in the tunnel after the first half. Many witnesses at the scene confirmed it.
Lionel Messi shouted at the referee, ‘You cagás (shit), you are always the same.’
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also confirmed it in a post-match interview and shared his view saying, ‘If you know already, do not ask me. However, for me, it’s football and you should leave it in the field. But, yes, he put some pressure on the referee, I do not know if there will be cameras or not, but the images are there to confirm it… It is true that at the break there was some mess.’