Well that did not take long. Within hours of the Der Spiegel story breaking that Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had twice broken anti-doping rules, the Spanish club released the following statement defending their captain:
In relation to the information published by Der Spiegel referring to our captain Sergio Ramos, the club states the following:
1. Sergio Ramos has never breached the anti-doping control regulations.
2. UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.
3. On the rest of the content of the aforementioned publication, the club does not pronounce itself before the evidence because of the insubstantiality of it.
Considering how slowly Madrid have moved in the past to support Cristiano Ronaldo, it is very telling to see how quickly they reacted to the news about Ramos.