Rangers blast SFA and claim Alves singled out for charge

first_imgRangers say they have been singled out for punishment by the SFA after Bruno Alves was offered a two-match ban but Motherwell’s Ryan Bowman was not charged.The Light Blues centre half was charged with violent conduct in the aftermath of Rangers 2-0 defeat to Motherwell.He has been offered a two-match ban by the governing body or the opportunity to make his case at a disciplinary panel, after kicking out at Motherwell’s Louis Moult during the match.Motherwell’s Ryan Bowman will not face any action over his elbowing incident with Cardoso, however, which left the Rangers player with a broken nose. “That is their right but there were many aspects of the match which cause concern, both for player safety and the way in which we want to encourage players to play the game.”He added: “We do not seek to personalise our criticism. The officials have to be respected, even where we might dispute the decisions that they reach.“We do, however, have several players injured after the game – one seriously . Yet, this decision has singled out only one player – a Rangers player – for punishment.”“We find this inexplicable. Are we being asked to believe just one player was guilty of violent conduct in Sunday’s game?“If that is the case, then it is clear Rangers are being assessed to a different standard from others in the Scottish game.”The spokesman also criticised the role of the compliance officer and the workings of the disciplinary process.He said: “We believe the current system for referring matters to disciplinary tribunals requires radical overhaul.“It is too easy for those with agendas to pick over and highlight minor incidents in a game, whilst ignoring the reality of what took place during the game as a whole.“We do not know and will not be told who referred this matter, nor what motivated them. So much seems to turn on whether or not a referee was looking at an incident rather than on assessing what actually occurred. “Incidents missed by a referee are judged to a far harsher standard than those observed by an official but called wrongly.”The spokesman added: “Rangers share a common goal to all with the Scottish game at heart. We want to see good football. Referees have a crucial role to play in achieving that.“We do not believe the current referral procedure assists them or benefits the Scottish game. “Those of us who care about the Scottish game share an interest in enabling players to play without fear of serious injury, rather than convening, with great solemnity, distinguished panels to adjudicate on matters the players themselves quickly shrug off as handbags.“Rangers will be declining the offer of a two-match suspension.” STV understands the incident was viewed as reckless rather than violent conduct.Rangers have responded strongly, saying they will challenge Alves’ charge in a furious statement about the handling of the match.A Rangers spokesman said: “Rangers are shocked by this decision. In the minds of all fair-minded followers of football it will be seen as devoid of credibility and balance.“Rangers are not seeking to make excuses for losing the match. Motherwell played to the referee’s whistle. last_img read more