TalkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy has slammed Glasgow Rangers striker Kemar Roofe following his tackle on Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar on Thursday night.
Cundy lays into Roofe
The Gers were knocked out of the Europa League after they were beaten 2-0 at Ibrox by the Czech champions. The £5.4m-valued Roofe (Transfermarkt) was one of two Gers players to be sent off, with Leon Balogun also receiving his marching orders.
Roofe’s challenge was particularly late, with Kolar needing to be stretchered off after the incident. Cundy was appalled by the former Leeds man’s attempt to win the ball as he told talkSPORT:
“He should be banned for six games, it’s an appalling challenge. Maybe eight.
“They need to throw the book at him, they need to ban him for a long time because it’s a disgusting, appalling challenge.
“The keeper couldn’t play on. [Roofe] knows what he’s doing, he’s followed through with his studs in his head. I would ban him for eight or 10 games.”
Regardless of your allegiance, Roofe’s challenge on the goalkeeper was awful, dangerous and reckless. To catch anyone in the face with a boot is bad enough, but the full force of the 28-year-old’s studs were planted into Kolar’s head – he is likely to earn a heavy ban as a result.
Does Roofe deserve a 10-game ban?
However, Cundy is wrong to insinuate that Roofe knew what he was doing and therefore deliberately hurt his opponent. It was clear he was trying to win the ball, and although he committed a big error of judgement, it didn’t appear to be malicious. However, that will not be much consolation to Kolar.
In other news, Rangers are interested in this 18-goal striker.
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