Alfredo Morelos: Rangers appeal against striker's red card v AberdeenFebruary 7, 2019
Rangers have appealed against Alfredo Morelos’ sending off against Aberdeen on Wednesday – the striker’s third dismissal against the Pittodrie club this term.
Morelos and Scott McKenna, who were involved in an incident in the first game of the season, were both shown red cards by Bobby Madden after appearing to aim kicks at each other.
The Rangers striker had an appeal upheld after being sent off at Pittodrie in August when he was deemed to have swung a leg at McKenna.
Morelos was then sent off when the sides met at Ibrox in December, after receiving a second booking for throwing an arm at Graeme Shinnie.
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Both players received automatic two-game bans, meaning Morelos stands to miss Saturday’s Scottish Cup last-16 tie against Kilmarnock, then the Scottish Premiership visit of St Johnstone a week later.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Aberdeen – in which Morelos scored twice – manager Steven Gerrard said the Colombian must “channel his aggression” if he is to “go to the next level”.
“I haven’t had the chance to analyse the incident so I can’t tell you if Scott deserved a red or whether Alfredo did,” he said. “They’ve had a fantastic battle up until that point.
“But if Alfredo is in the wrong, he’ll deserve the red card. He’ll then be missing for two games and that’s how he’ll get punished because he hates missing games.”
How does the process work?
If SPFL clubs decide to appeal against a decision for serious foul play, they must prove that an obvious referring error has been made.
They have until 13:00 on the first working day after the match to lodge their intention to appeal – Thursday in this case – with their claim needing to be submitted by 17:00 the next day.
Any hearing will take place “as soon as possible after 17:00” on that day – meaning it could be on Friday evening.
The player or any other personnel cannot attend the hearings, which will be a video conference between a tribunal of trained, independent judicial panel members.
As of this season, the compliance officer plays no part in the proceedings.
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