Rangers’ appeal to the SFA to overturn Daniel Candeias’ red card has been booted out, with the Gers fuming according to the Daily Record.
Candeias was sent off for an inexplicable red card at St Mirren in a 2-0 win there last weekend. It came after a clash with Anton Ferdinand after Alfredo Morelos had put Rangers 2-0 ahead and killed the game.
Despite being manhandled by both Ferdinand and Craig Samson, Candeias found himself sent off.
Steven Gerrard, supporters, and the club were raging at the initial decision by Willie Collum. Rangers technically couldn’t appeal the decision due to the sending off being two yellow cards. Under SFA guidelines, no club can appeal a sending off that’s involved two yellow cards. Only in a case of mistaken identity can it be overturned.
Regardless, the Ibrox club launched a hopeful appeal in order for the SFA to see some sense. Unsurprisingly, this is something the organisation couldn’t do as they upheld the decision.
This doesn’t appear to be the end of the matter, however. Rangers continue to be furious regarding the decision, and will push for a change in the SFA’s rules regarding yellow cards. The club’s next move hasn’t been confirmed, but Rangers are refusing to let the incident pass.
You have to imagine the SFA have only booted this out as to not favour one club. Their image would be tarnished in the eyes of other supporters if they agreed to Rangers being allowed to downgrade when other clubs haven’t.
They have to come from a position of common sense, however. Everyone could see that Candeias should never have been red-carded. It’s been a widely criticised decision since it occurred, and the right thing would be for the SFA to change their rules.
According to the Daily Record, it’s understood that Collum may have pointed to he kissing gestures Candeias sent Ferdinand’s way. If that’s the case, then why did it take him so long to come over and make the decision?
Candeias isn’t the main issue here. The main issue is the fact that the SFA continue to back a rule that’s failing to deliver common sense. There’s been decisions like this in the past and there’ll be more in the future.
The SFA could do themselves a favour now and take action before others are wronged. Rangers are set to try and make them do that.