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McGREGOR DEBATE: AJER REMAINS DIPLOMATIC

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KRISTOFFER AJER has spoken about the flashpoint incident during Celtic’s 1-0 win over Sevco Rangers after being kicked by Allan McGregor.

The keeper escaped punishment for lashing out at the prone defender following a goalmouth scramble in the first-half at Parkhead on Sunday.

Ajer was lying on the ground when the Ibrox veteran was seen putting the boot in, prompting SFA Compliance Officer Claire Whyte to launch a probe into the incident which was caught on film and witnessed by thousands of fans at the game.

TV pictures also indicated referee Willie Collum also got a good view of McGregor’s actions, but, remarkably, took no action at the time and waved play on.

However, under the new disciplinary procedure, a three-man panel of former match officials found the Scotland international had no case to answer.

Despite Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard admitting his player was lucky not to be sent off, Hoops youngster Ajer took a diplomatic view.

Speaking to Norwegian media, he said: “That’s what can happen in the battle. It’s a tough place, the Scottish league. I am very used to getting into these situations, this can happen in football.

“If he kicked – or just tried to get me – I will not comment. The most important thing is that we won 1-0. That’s what we’re left with. The most important thing was the result.”

New FIFA guidelines suggest that players can be sent off for violent conduct when officials judge they’ve acted with “excessive force” or “brutality”.

 
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