After his Rangers career ended in shameful thuggish scenes, Tunisian defender Bilel Mohsni has claimed that his attack on Motherwell’s Lee Erwin was ‘self defence’.
Mohsni was seen to kick and then punch the Motherwell striker in the face, after Erwin had pushed the Rangers man in the back after he refused to shake his hand following the full time whistle – which signalled Rangers’ 3-0 defeat to the Fir Park side and consigned them to another year in the Championship.
That attack started a melee between players from both sides before security and club officials separated the warring parties as Mohsni was huckled away down the tunnel.
But despite footage showing Mohsni’s attack on Erwin, the defender is adamant he was the victim, labelling Erwin a ‘coward’.
He said: “I’m very disappointed the way this has been portrayed. What happened was I was leaving the pitch to the dressing room and I was extremely upset because Rangers had lost.
“All I wanted to do was get back inside and didn’t want to talk to anyone, then this guy pushed me – he attacked me from behind.
“What do you call someone who attacks you from behind? A coward. I was worried about my security so I did the only thing I could – I defended myself. It was self-defence, I thought I was getting attacked. It’s easy for people who watched it from the stands or on TV to say things, but when you are on the pitch it is different.
“I apologise to the Rangers fans if the pictures shocked them. I am fully aware I am an example to Rangers fans and I have spent a lot of time visiting hospitals and schools when I was in Glasgow and loved it.”
Mohsni’s agent confirmed that the defender has left Scotland and will not return to Rangers.
Jerome Dakad ADDED: “He won’t be staying at Rangers after that but where he is going to end up I don’t know. But he will leave the country, that’s for sure now.”