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MORELOS’ EXTRA PUNISHMENT REVEALED

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ALFREDO MORELOS was booked by referee Kevin Clancy for his “slit-throat” gesture to Celtic fans as he came off the pitch following his red card in last month’s derby at Parkhead.

The controversial Colombian was banished for the SEVENTH time in his Ibrox career following a blatant dive in stoppage-time.

However, as reported in the Scottish Sun, Morelos was handed the equivalent of a post-match yellow card inside the ground after the final whistle.

The caution was for making an inflammatory gesture which was considered to be an act of unsporting behaviour.

Morelos had been dismissed following two bookings against the champions and the match official dealt with the incident as an additional act of misconduct and issued another  yellow card.

Given the action taken by the official, Steven Gerrard’s side hope that is the end of the matter.

In the aftermath of the incident, the Ibrox club’s managing director Stewart Robertson launched an impassioned defence of the South American.

He said: “There can be little doubt Alfredo is singled out for special attention, on and off the field of play.

“Alfredo’s gesture as he left the pitch is now being portrayed in some quarters as something sinister.

“In fact, it is a gesture used commonly throughout South America to indicate quite simply that something — in this case, the match — is finished.”

Assistant boss Gary McAllister agreed with Robertson and backed up his “game-over” movement.

Morelos, red-carded against Motherwell in his last start for a gesture towards the Fir Park supporters, was also ordered off at Parkhead last season for an off-the-ball assault on Scott Brown.

 

 
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