Rangers legend Nacho Novo has slammed the Scottish FA’s disciplinary committee after they refused Alfredo Morelos’ appeal against a Scottish Cup ban for diving – insisting the decision is “embarrassing.”
Morelos was booked in the defeat by Aberdeen – ruling him out of the Gers’ next Scottish Cup tie – and Novo can’t understand how the SFA upheld the referee’s decision.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - JULY 26: Nacho Novo of Glasgow scores the 2-0 goal against Raphael Schaefer of Nuremberg during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FC Nuernberg and Glasgow Rangers on July 26, 2009 at the Easy Credit Stadium in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Novo insists Rangers “don’t need any help” but insists that such decisions are “destroying the game.”
“I was angry at the decision because I’m honest and I hate things like that. They are destroying the game,” Novo told the Scottish Sun.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 30: Nacho Novo of Rangers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish FA Cup Final match against Falkirk at Hampden Park on May 30, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“I don’t want any help and Rangers don’t need any help. We don’t ask for favours, but you can see it.
“If they think that Alfredo was diving against Aberdeen they must be drinking or something. It’s embarrassing if they think that’s a dive. It’s a penalty all day long.
“Mistakes happen, referees have a hard job and they can’t be spot on all the time. The referee thought it was a dive and booked him.”
8th March 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Rangers; Alfredo Morelos of Rangers gestures to the Hibs fans after the opening goal in the 43rd minute

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Video footage showed Morelos was clearly dragged to the ground so it is baffling that Morelos’ booking was upheld.
The Colombian’s reputation goes before him and he’s being unfairly treated by officials after a series of flashpoints this season.
While Morelos doesn’t do himself favours at times with how he reacts, his booking for simulation was a shambolic decision.

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