Real Madrid's Van der Vaart defends Ramos over latest red card

Rafael van der Vaart has jumped to the defence of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos after his latest dismissal in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Malaga.

Ramos has been plagued by red cards for the past 18 months, but Van der Vaart insists: "Sergio is not happy about the dismissal, but it is something normal. These things can happen.

"We all have been expelled once. It was a mistake, but do not give much importance to it, I've also committed such errors."

On Barcelona now being top of the table, Van der Vaart added: "It is still early. If we look at their game, I see that Barcelona is suffering less, but we must go forward and try to improve.

"We must dedicate ourselves to our game without worrying about others."

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