A Real Madrid board member has gone as far as to say there is a “PR campaign” against them due to the incidents in Kiev a fortnight ago.
Real Madrid beat the Reds 3-1 in controversial circumstances, with Mohamed Salah injured in a challenge with Sergio Ramos and Loris Karius making two game-changing mistakes.
While Salah – Liverpool’s star man – was forced off the field, it has emerged Karius suffered a concussion in a collision with Ramos before the first goal.
A war of words has sparked, with many Reds fans blaming Ramos for denting their final hopes.
Ramos on Tuesday laughed off the accusations he purposefully injured Karius and Salah, saying: “After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash with me. I am only missing (Roberto) Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat!”
This has, in turn, led Firmino to brand Ramos an “idiot”.
All this, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, has irked Real Madrid’s top bosses.
They are annoyed the fall-out to the final has continued so long and overshadowed their celebrations of a 13th European Cup triumph.
And one board member told Marca: “Their PR agency must be phenomenal, they deserve a 10 out of 10 for this campaign.”
It is added that ‘Real Madrid respect the goalkeeper and his injury’ but the club are unhappy with how Karius’ injury was publicised, blaming this on the Liverpool medical team.
As for Karius, it is understood UEFA are planning to grant medical staff video access in games so they can review potential concussions on laptops.