BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has slammed Glasgow Rangers for getting involved in refereeing decisions after retrospective action was taken against Kemar Roofe.
Sutton slams Gers
Against St. Johnstone in midweek, Roofe was lucky not to be sent off following a late challenge on Murray Davidson – he has since been charged by the Scottish FA for the incident (The Daily Record). That came just a matter of days after Alfredo Morelos received a three-game ban for stamping on Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous (BBC).
Speaking on BT’s Scottish Football Extra (via The Daily Record), Sutton called out the conduct of the Gers. He said:
“With the Roofe stuff I thought there was a mistimed challenge.
“Look, was there any malice in it? You rob a bank for the first time but it was a poor challenge, I thought it was a red card and I think Scott Brown was a yellow card.
“But for Rangers to get involved once again… the conduct of Rangers has been pretty poor.
“We know what they’re trying to do, put pressure on the authorities – trying to run the game!
“I said last week, Alfredo Morelos, the SFA and the referees are petrified of Morelos!
“The referees can’t make a decision, they’re scared to get the red card out.”
To be involved in two such incidents is not a good look for the Gers – Steven Gerrard must discipline his players as they close in on the Premiership title. However, it is a bit much to say they are trying to run the game. Following the decision regarding Morelos, Gerrard and the Gers accepted the punishment but simply asked for more consistency.
The foul from £5.4m -valued Roofe (Transfermarkt) was late and rash, but it was picked up at the time by referee David Munro, and the former Anderlecht striker was duly booked. Typically, retrospective action can occur when the incident was not seen by the on-field official – therefore, it is the Scottish FA’s conduct that should be brought into question.
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Gers supporters could also point to the late challenge from Curtis Main that went unpunished against Aberdeen as an example of when things have gone against them. During a 38-game campaign, some decisions will go for you, and some won’t. To insinuate the Gers are controlling the officials and their judgement calls is ludicrous.
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