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GERS HIT BY FIVE CHARGES

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RANGERS have been hit with FIVE SFA disciplinary charges following their criticism of referee Willie Collum after their 2-0 Premiership win over St Mirren in Paisley on November 3.

The Ibrox outfit launched a formal complaint against the match official and publicly criticised him after he ordered off Daniel Candeias following two yellow-card offences.

The Gers also slammed the SFA appeals process after failing to overturn the second booking for the Portuguese winger.

Candeias, who had just come on as a substitute, scored the opener 10 minutes from time and was then cautioned for celebrating with the fans behind the goal.

In the fading moments, the forward was booked again following an incident with Saints Defender Anton Ferdinand after Alfredo Morelos had netted a second goal in stoppage time.

Rangers have been accused of:

Criticising a match official in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence;

Bringing the game into disrepute;

Not acting in the best interests of football, and two other charges which partly relate to sportsmanship and acting towards the SFA with good faith.

The club have been given until Tuesday to respond, with a hearing pencilled in for December 19.

After losing their appeal against Candeias’ second yellow card, Rangers stated it “defied belief” Collum had been handed one of the biggest matches in Scottish football that weekend – Aberdeen against Hibs – while their player was suspended.

An official statement added: “Furthermore, it is understood that a number of people within the Scottish FA are in no doubt Mr Collum’s judgement was flawed and Rangers shall also now be submitting a formal complaint about the performance of this referee.

“The manner in which he reacted to an incident involving our player made it obvious he did not give due consideration to his decision.

“This is by no means the first time errors of judgement have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”

It later emerged that Candeias had been booked partly for “making gestures” towards Ferdinand seconds earlier after the second goal.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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