Even the European Judo Union criticizes Sergio Ramos for 'dangerous' takedown of Mohamed Salah

The Judo union slammed the Spaniard for his use of the 'waki-gatame' technique, which is banned in several martial arts forms including judo


                            Even the European Judo Union criticizes Sergio Ramos for 'dangerous' takedown of Mohamed Salah

The European Judo Union on Monday slammed Sergio Ramos' tackle on Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final and stated that such a dangerous takedown would be outlawed in their sport.

Ramos and Salah locked arms during Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday and the Spanish defender pulled his Egyptian counterpart to the ground in a takedown.



Ramos, who did not pick up a card for the foul, received criticism from many on social media shortly after the incident. 

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Reports state that Salah dislocated his shoulder during the tussle and had to leave the pitch in tears with the score at 0-0. The incident has cast a shadow over his participating in the World Cup.



The Judo Union also slammed the Spaniard for his use of the 'waki-gatame' technique, which is banned in several martial arts forms including judo.

"Waki-gatame is a dangerous technique. That's why it is not allowed in Judo to use for transition to ne-waza. What do you think about this foul yesterday evening in the #UCLFinal between #RMALIV?" the European Judo Union tweeted. 

European Judo Union's tweet about Salah's takedown. (Twitter)
European Judo Union's tweet about Salah's takedown. (Twitter)

Condemning the incident, Salah's fans have also set up a petition calling for Ramos to be punished over the move by UEFA and FIFA. The petition has reportedly received more than 4,00,000 signatures. 

The organizers of the change.org petition have argued the Ramos deliberately held Salah's arm "under his armpit, causing dislocation of his shoulder".

A screenshot of the Change.org petition against Salah. (Change.org)
A screenshot of the Change.org petition against Salah. (Change.org)

An Egyptian lawyer, Bassem Wahba, has also launched a lawsuit against the centre-back for a whopping €1 billion (£873m) amount, according to FourFourTwo.com.  



Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) analyst Robin Black also criticized the Spaniard's move and provided a full analysis of the takedown on Twitter.

"Ramos initiates the step-across trip, creates the ledge which is the obstacle, then applies the rotational force on Salah, destabilising him and turning him," he said. 

"What is the key to this takedown? Well, it's the grip on the forearm. That's the root of the control. The arm drag from wrist control... and now let's put it all together. Wrist control to start, then hyper-extension on the elbow to force the body to follow and set the ledge to complete the trip, using the momentum created.

"It's a filthy outcome. All of Salah's weight and force come down on the radius and ulna, which are small bones. Huge impact. Nasty. Referees need to protect these athletes," Black said on Twitter.