ALFREDO MORELOS is facing a three-game ban after the SFA charged him over his ‘stamping’ incident with Hibs’ Ryan Porteous in midweek.

The controversial Colombian striker was involved in an explosive 17th-minute flashpoint with the grounded defender in Rangers’ 1-0 win at Easter Road – where, ironically, he scored the winner in the second-half.

Morelos and Porteous challenged for the ball that was scrambled clear. In the melee the frontman appeared to stand on the centre-back’s leg.

Referee Kevin Clancy had a good view of the incident and took no action. Later, Hibs boss Jack Ross said the match official had told him he viewed it as a “tangle of legs,” as Scotzine reported.

However, the whistler has now admitted he didn’t see it fully, something required for the disciplinary process to move to the next stage in the SFA’s fast-track set-up.

Morelos has been handed a notice of complaint after a panel of three former referees viewed the incident and deemed it to be violent conduct, according to a report in the Daily Record.

He will now face a tribunal that will be heard on Tuesday.

The offence would normally carry a two-match suspension, but a third game has been added due to his previous infringement when catching Mark Connolly, of Dundee United, with his arm early in the game at Tannadice last month.

The Ibrox club accepted a two-match ban on that occasion.

Referee Clancy did, however, book Hibs defender Darren McGregor after he clashed with Glen Kamara on the touchline, before then catching him with his leg, but there will be no further sanction following the incident.


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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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