Alfredo Morelos victim of 'targeted act of brutality' according to Scottish FA
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Alfredo Morelos victim of 'targeted act of brutality' according to Scottish FA

The Scottish FA has confirmed that Rangers star Alfredo Morelos was the victim of a ‘targeted’ act of ‘brutality’ by Celtic’s Ryan Christie in last month’s Old Firm win at Parkhead – leading to a three-match ban for the midfielder.

The match officials missed the incident – along with others – but Christie was cited by the Scottish FAs’s compliance officer with three former referees unanimously finding that Kevin Clancy had missed a clear red card offence.

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In written reasons published on the governing body’s website, they agreed Christie was in breach of Disciplinary Rule 200 and imposed a two-match ban, with a further game added as a result of an earlier dismissal.

Celtic argued against the ‘competency’ of the video evidence provided as well as the notification of complaint itself, although these were both dismissed.

Despite almost two weeks of wailing about Morelos in the wake of the Parkhead triumph, the Rangers star should be owed a vast number of apologies from pundits across Scottish football.

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Unsurprisingly, once Christie was cited, Celtic released a particularly self-serving statement questioning the consistency of match officials, seemingly forgetting that Hearts’ Steven McLean was banned for an identical incident involving a Celtic player earlier this season.

Rangers also called for the introduction of VAR in the wake of the Old Firm after Clancy missed several key decisions as the match official blundered his way through a shambolic 90 minutes in Glasgow’s east end.