Rangers striker El Hadji Diouf is set to be hauled in front of the SFA following comments made to French TV Channel Canal Plus, about referee Calum Murray and his performance in the Scottish Cup match between Rangers and Celtic, which Rangers lost. Diouf was sent off for a second bookable offence after the final whistle.
Now the Senegalese internationalist will be hauled up in front of the SFA’s General Purpose Committee to explain his comments.
“The Celtic match where I got a red card was incredible,” Diouf said. “At first I went to see the ref as I was being kicked all over the park. The ref said to me: ‘You don’t have the right to speak to me’ which annoyed me. At the end I told the ref he was the worst ref I’ve ever had so he gave me another card. I said ‘you can give me as many cards as you like, the match is over now’. I know it’s not good to get cards but I’m only suspended for the cup, not the league.”
Sadly Diouf failed to realise that the SFA can carry over suspensions from Cup games to the league, if his actions were deemed to be gross misconduct.
Diouf added, “You have to say the ref messed up the game with cards flying everywhere. I know it must be tough for him but still, I guess some refs find it hard to handle these type of games. We lost 1-0 with nine players in the end and officials who were against us. We’ll be the champions, I am absolutely certain of that.”
After being sent off and rather than make his way down the tunnel, Diouf walked towards the Rangers fans with the aim of throwing his shirt into the crowd. Despite Police and Steward advice not too, the player did so anyway.
Defending his actions Diouf stated, “At the end I wanted to give my shirt to our fans because even though I hate losing, I felt we lost in a dignified way”.
Diouf along with Bougherra will face the SFA’s General Purpose Committee on April 12th over their actions in the Scottish Cup game, but Diouf is set to face a separate committee to explain his comments.