'It is disappointing' - Gerrard hits back at Steve Clarke in penalty row
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'It is disappointing' - Gerrard responds to Steve Clarke in penalty row

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has called Steve Clarke’s comments “disappointing” after the Killie boss waded into the row over the Gers 4-0 win over St. Mirren.
Clarke claimed the Gers were the recipients of a number of wrong penalty awards and thinks Jermain Defoe should be banned for diving.

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Speaking at a press conference, Gerrard insisted it was “nothing to do” with Kilmarnock while pointing out a red card Clarke’s side should have had following the two sides recent meeting.
“I was very surprised by Steve Clarke’s comments as it is nothing to do with Kilmarnock,” Gerrard said.

“It is not what I have come to expect from Steve who normally has such class. It is disappointing. There was a blatant red card on Jack which I didn’t mention after the Kilmarnock match.”
Despite much of the comments about the penalties, referee Andrew Dallas got the decisions correct by the letter of the law.

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Clarke’s comments lacked class and calling for a player to be banned after a match Clarke wasn’t even involved in breaks new ground.

After seeing Eamonn Brophy avoid a red card against Rangers, Clarke really should know better.
With the sides due to meet this weekend in the Scottish Cup it will set up a tense atmosphere at Rugby Park.
It seems unlikely that any action will be taken against Defoe by the Scottish FA.

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Despite going down easily, the striker was immediately back to his feet and never suggested he’d been fouled.
Killie came out on top last time the to sides met but this will only act as further motivation for Gerrard’s side.

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