BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has hammered the behaviour of Glasgow Rangers’ players after Alfredo Morelos was charged for his alleged stamp against Hibernian.
Sutton slams Gers
Morelos found himself in another spot of bother against Hibernian on Wednesday, with him lucky not be sent off for seemingly stamping on Ryan Porteous – he has since been charged by the Scottish FA for the incident (BBC).
Speaking to BT, Sutton slammed the behaviour of the Gers players, suggesting that they intimidate referees. He explained:
“The standard of refereeing is appalling. They are possibly the worst group of referees in the world.
“How long is Morelos going to get away with this? I think that Rangers and Morelos intimidate referees, they frighten referees.
“Referees are scared to make a decision on him and pull out the red card. There have been four occasions this season where Morelos could’ve and should’ve been sent off.
“He’s an accident waiting to happen.”
A bit too far
It is hard to jump to the defence of Morelos. After slapping Scott Brown on the back of the head in the first Old Firm derby of the season (SportBible) and elbowing Dundee United’s Mark Connolly – an act for which he received a two-game ban (The Daily Mail) – this latest showing of indiscipline is nothing out of the ordinary for the Colombia international.
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However, it would be wrong to suggest that a lack of discipline is a squad-wide problem. The Gers have not picked up a single red card in all competitions, including in nine European matches (Transfermarkt), and they have conducted themselves well on the whole. Morelos is really the only one who cannot control himself – the rest of the group should not be blamed for his actions.
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