Speaking recently to This is Futbol, former Premier League referee Mark Halsey gave his verdict on an incident which took place in Celtic’s most recent win.
Late on in Celtic’s 2-1 victory against Motherwell on Saturday, a result which saw the Hoops secure their second consecutive league victory for the first time since December, Motherwell centre-forward Devante Cole quite clearly kicked out at Celtic’s Ismaila Soro, with the 25-year-old escaping with what looked like a very lenient yellow card for his part in the clash.
However, in a recent interview with This is Futbol, Halsey stated his belief that Cole was extremely lucky to escape being given his marching orders for his reckless kick, with the ex-ref also claiming that he would expect retrospective action to be taken by the SFA.
He said: “For me, I think it’s an absolute clear red card. I think the assistant is right there as well. Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent is an act of violent conduct and Celtic were absolutely spot on, it was a red card offence for violent conduct. It’ll be interesting to see in the coming days what happens with the Motherwell player.”
Should Cole have received a ban?
Despite Halsey’s belief that Cole deserved a straight red card for his lashing out, however, The Scottish Sun recently reported that Cole has in fact escaped further action from the SFA, as match official Nick Walsh and his assistant both saw the incident clearly.
As such, the 25-year-old will be available for selection for Motherwell’s upcoming clash with Kilmarnock, while Celtic travel to St Mirren on Wednesday evening.
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