ALFREDO MORELOS has been banned for two games after being cited for violent conduct in Rangers’ 2-1 win over Dundee United on Sunday.
The Colombian hothead was booked by referee Steven McLean after jumping into defender Mark Connolly early in the game at Tannadice.
Observers, including former Ibrox double-act Ally McCoist and Kris Boyd, expressed disbelief at the failure of the match official to flash a straight red card which would have left the visitors with only 10 men for 78 minutes of a difficult fixture.
The booking was upgraded to violent conduct after it was deemed that Morelos’ forearm struck the opponent’s face out of sight of the official.
Steven Gerrard’s men accepted the punishment and the controversial hitman will miss tonight’s Betfred League Cup clash against St Mirren in Paisley and Saturday’s Premiership game with Motherwell.
Steven Gerrard, speaking to BBC Sport in the immediate aftermath of the game, manager Steven Gerrard defended Morelos.
The Gers gaffer said: “I didn’t see an elbow. If you look at him again, there’s no elbow there. The referee saw it and dealt with it.
“It was a foul and a yellow card and it’s been dealt with.”