Rangers have issued a fiery response to the SFA citation of Jon Flanagan following an altercation with Scott Brown in Sunday’s Old Firm.
The club has been quick to respond after Flanagan was cited earlier this afternoon. It was a decision that was met with anger by many Rangers fans.
Rangers want to make it clear that they intend to fight the ban, and claim the club is “being held to a different code of conduct”.
A Rangers spokesperson, as quoted by the Herald, said:
“Once again, there seems intent to change the decision of a Referee in a match involving Rangers. There seems to be a steady erosion of respect for Scotland’s Referees and the authority they are meant to enjoy under Rule 5 of the Laws of the Game.
“The decisions of Referees regarding facts connected with play are meant to be final but Referees are now routinely invited to change their decisions after a game has finished.
“It is particularly shocking that another Rangers player has been singled out for retrospective action and issued with a notice of complaint while Jozo Simunovic, the Celtic player who used an elbow to fell Jermain Defoe, has escaped any kind of censure.
“Why did one incident escape punishment while the other is now deemed worthy of a red card? We cannot understand how these two incidents could be studied yet only one be considered worthy of punishment.
“It seems as if Rangers’ players are being held to a different code of conduct from players at other clubs. We shall vigorously defend Mr Flanagan and have also asked for full transparency on what matters are brought forward for retrospective action. Are those decisions being made even-handedly?”
The club wants answers. The comments do not only challenge the function of the Compliance Officer and retrospective punishment, but they call out a lack of consistency.
The club is bang on the money too. Why has Jon Flanagan received a citation but Jozo Simunovic hasn’t?
Is it because people have been making a bigger song-and-dance about it? Is that all it takes?