As Alfredo Morelos was sent off against Aberdeen last night, Kyle Lafferty protested the decision. Almost 24 hours later and few others have leapt to his defence.
When discussing all of the main talking points from last night’s matches, the two pundits on BBC Sportscene – Michael Stewart and Steven Thompson – united in agreement over the issue.
Neither pundit was convinced that Morelos’ first infringement was a yellow card. ‘For me, it’s quite a soft booking’, suggested Stewart. ‘It is a little bit soft’, agreed Thompson.
However, the two experts concurred that Morelos’ challenge on Graeme Shinnie deservedly led to his dismissal. The only question mark for them was whether or not it should have been a straight red.
Morelos slammed for his actions
‘This, is illogical. It’s the only word I would use for it, it’s illogical’, said Thompson while reviewing the footage.
‘He thrust his forearm into Graeme Shinnie’s face. It’s beyond comprehension, I just don’t understand why he would do that’, the former Rangers striker continued.
Stewart went on to back up Thompson’s arguments: ‘Exactly…he could have got red carded there and i don’t think you would have had a strong case to argue against it. But, there is no doubt that it was a booking. At least.’
On seeing the replays, it’s certainly hard to make a case for El Buffalo. He lost his cool and with it, cost Rangers the chance to get back in the game.
He will now miss two league games for Rangers, having previously been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Dundee because of accumulated yellow cards.
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