Aluko banned for two matches after being found guilty of diving


Rangers rejected that offer with manager Ally McCoist feeling there was sufficient contact to bring down the former Aberdeen midfielder.

A statement on the Rangers official website read: “After a lengthy debate today at which the club presented its evidence but the original decision was upheld and an immediate two match ban has been applied.

“That will see Aluko miss out on Saturday’s trip to Easter Road and next weekend’s visit of Inverness to Ibrox.

“The player and manager were both in attendance at Hampden this morning for the hearing but both left the SFA’s offices extremely disappointed by the outcome.”

The SFA Judicial Panel reviewed the evidence and came to the conclusion that Aluko had breached rule 202, which deals with diving or simulation as it is referred too.

The rule states: “No player shall cause a match official to make an incorrect decision and/or support an error of judgement on the part of a match official by an act of simulation.”

Meanwhile Rangers manager Ally McCoist could be hauled in front of the SFA after comments made on the official club’s website after the Aluko ruling today.

McCoist told the official Rangers website: “I have to say that I am absolutely shocked and extremely angry at the fact this committee has upheld the decision to give Sone a two game ban.

“The meeting was chaired by a former referee and I have to say his decision making hasn’t improved any since he stopped refereeing. The three gentlemen on the panel have effectively called my player a cheat and a liar, neither of which he is. What they’ve effectively done is they have said the player has cheated to get the penalty.

“It’s an absolutely incredible decision given that the referee is literally five yards from the incident. He has a better view than anybody in the stadium and they have gone not only against the referee but the player as well. The thing that stuns me is that the panel agreed there was contact so for them to uphold the decision and go against their own referee, who had a particularly good game, is ridiculous.”

McCoist continued his attack on the SFA panel: “It seems to me that there are rules for some and rules for others. There is a complete lack of continuity and consistency, you have to look at the previous incident regarding Garry O’Connor, and we do not even know if it was the same individuals on the panel.

“We took it on the chin with Steven Naismith at Dunfermline but I can also remember off the top of my head someone having a fly kick at our goalkeeper last season. I can also remember a goalkeeper having a go at Kyle Lafferty this season and a Motherwell player getting elbowed this season. Nothing has been done about any of them and O’Connor has obviously been found not guilty.

The Rangers manager didn’t end his attack there, as he called into question the new SFA compliance officer’s credentials to make a ruling.

He continued: “The other thing I would like to point out is the compliance officer is a thoroughly nice man but he is a lawyer, he comes from a legal background not a football one. So effectively we’ve got someone who hasn’t played professional football telling me my player is a cheat. It’s staggering, absolutely staggering and to say I’m angry would be a massive understatement.”

After the weekend match between Rangers and Dunfermline, Pars manager Jim McIntyre launched a broadside at referee Steve Conroy and Sone Aluko for their part in the penalty decision. His post-match comments have landed McIntyre in hot water with the SFA, after he was served with a notice of complaint, a hearing is set for December 22nd at Hampden Park.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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