08 February 2019

Why A Morelos Appeal Must Succeed

We’ve all heard a lot of bullshit over the past day or so about Morelos “stamping” on Scott McKenna or how he “kicked him in the balls” but the massive issue for those pushing this line is that there are multiple angles of the incident, none of which show any such thing. In fact, Morelos makes no downward motion with his foot at all until McKenna’s non-kicking-Morelos-in-the-face leg catches him, causing very slight contact. 

We’re also going to hear from a lot of pundits, ex-Celtic players and possibly even some opposition managers that Morelos deserved a red because he was “a bit naughty” or “knew what he was doing”. The issue with that line of argument is that there is no “you’ve been a bit naughty” rule in football which results in a red card. 

The wording is very clear: 

“Violent conduct is when a player uses or attempts to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball.” 

There is absolutely no way that Morelos dangling his leg in the vicinity of McKenna, even if light contact was eventually made, could constitute excessive force or brutality. After all, it’s not like he kicked someone in the face…

This appeal is identical to his rescinded sending off at Pittodrie earlier in the season. Even pea-brained pundit, Michael Stewart had to admit through gritted teeth, and against the encouragement of Aberdeen fan, Jonathan Sutherland, on Sportscene that the incident was not even as bad as the misplaced media frenzy over his challenges in the Celtic game.

If the red card is not rescinded then it will be completely contrary to the decision to rescind Morelos’ previous red and the SFA would be open to complete ridicule. Derek McInnes might prefer for Morelos to be banned for a couple of games as Aberdeen try to catch us again but the disciplinary system shouldn’t work on the whim of McInnes — or a drunk Steve Clarke. It also shouldn’t work on how upset Richard Gordon got on Sportsound because his beloved Aberdeen got horsed. 

Assuming the fast-track panel does its job, amongst the usual media agenda, then the question we should then be asking is what exactly has prompted Morelos to twice be wrongfully dismissed this season. The answer to that is for another day.