Sergio Ramos claims he did not deserve to be sent off for a two-footed lunge on Lionel Messi during El Clasico.
The Real Madrid defender saw red in the 77th minute, with his side already 2-1 down at the Bernabeu.
James Rodriguez levelled in the 85th minute but Messi recovered from some rough treatment at Real’s hands to win a pulsating clash with almost the last kick of the game.
The defeat leaves Real trailing Barca at the La Liga summit, and captain Ramos was bitter at what he perceived as an unjust dismissal.
“The red card was excessive,” Ramos told reporters after the match. “I was not going to harm anyone.
“In my opinion, that was a yellow card, not a red. I was too late, but there was no contact.
“I never have the intention to hurt anyone.”
Ramos didn’t go quietly, appearing to sarcastically applaud referee Alejandro Hernandez as he headed for the tunnel, but the centre-half claims it was not aimed at the official.
“I did not applaud the referee when I walked off,” he added. “I was talking to Gerard Pique, not to the referee.
“Referees can be right and sometimes they are wrong. This one was decisive. But I was chatting to Pique, not the referee.”