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Sergio Ramos backed by Solari ahead of Roma clash

Sergio Ramos backed by Solari ahead of Roma clash

Santiago Solari has backed Sergio Ramos ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Roma after the centre-back was amid doping claims.

Ramos has strongly denied a doping infraction following a claim that he breached the rules after the 2017 Champions League final.

Ramos was called in by doctors following the 4-1 win over Italian side Juventus in Cardiff, but German magazine Der Spiegel claim that he failed to declare he had taken dexamethasone before the game.

It is legal to take the anti-inflammatory substance, however, UEFA have to be notified prior to any involvement in a fixture and it is now being investigated that was not the case.

Ramos has now reacted to the claims, saying that his reputation is being tarnished and reports are a ‘lie and the Spaniard has been backed by new Madrid boss Solari.

“Sergio Ramos is an honest man and a reference point, not just for Real Madrid or football, but for sport in football,” Solari told his press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Roma.

“I believe it is everyone’s duty to protect him and that includes the press, because the main goal for the media should be to search for and report the truth.

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“Then once you have established that, you can form your own opinions, but the truth is not debatable and even less so when you dishonour someone.

“If you publish fake news, your profession, which I have a lot of respect for, loses its soul and society remains helpless.”

Further reports in Der Spiegel claimed that an unnamed doctor wrote a letter to UEFA saying that he had wrote the wrong drug on the doping report after testing Ramos.

Testers were reportedly told that the Spanish international was taking injections of betamethasone in his left knee and left shoulder rather than dexamethasone which was not declared at the testing stage.

Madrid face Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday evening looking to bounce back after losing 3-0 to Eibar at the weekend.