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Furious Sevco accuse the SFA

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Sevco have issued a furious statement after the SFA Compliance Officer offered a two match ban to Bruno Alves for kicking out at Louis Moult during the Betfred Cup semi-final defeat from Motherwell at Hampden.

The lengthy statement is full of the sort of fire and brimstone associated with a fanzine editor with a scattergun approach aimed at paranoid supporters who believe that their club is getting picked out for punishment.

The centre of the statement asks: “We believe the current system for referring matters to the 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 a game as a whole.

We do not know and will not be told who referred the 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.”

Sevco will appeal against the ban which freed up Alves to play against Kilmarnock tomorrow night but if his appeal is unsuccessful he will miss out on Saturday’s match away to Hearts as well as the first Betfred Cup tie of next season.

It seems that the main source of anger is that Ryan Bowman won’t face any punishment for the incident that left Fabio Cardoso with a broken nose.

Any retrospective action would see the Motherwell striker miss next month’s cup final against Celtic but it seems that Alves is the only player to be charged retrospectively.

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