Starting with a blank sheet of paper and a player found guilty of biting an opponent, I’d struggle to justify a punishment less than 6 games. It’s by no means the worst thing that happens on a football field, or the most dangerous, but it’s primitive, unhygienic and poses health risks.
Few of us have prior knowledge of Nadir Ciftci, so there’s little point in looking online for character references. The player was charged with biting an opponent. He denied the allegation but was found guilty by an SFA disciplinary panel yesterday. I’ve seen photos of Jim McAlister’s bite-sized leg wound and have no interest in hearing mitigating comment about what happened during the Dundee derby.
Despite this, Nadir is having a good month. He signed for Celtic, made his debut and potentially has five Champions League qualifiers to play between now and his domestic suspension concluding at the end of August (yes, six league games in August). If he’s a clever guy, he’ll force his way into the manager’s plans for those five games and never look back. If not, he’ll find his card marked, like a Dundonian leg.