Dom Ball has relived the moment that he left Ryan Christie with multiple facial fractures.
Half an hour into the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden the hoops midfielder was in the air about to head the ball wide.
Ball was never going to beat him to the ball but launched himself anyway with his forehead colliding with Christie’s face.
It looked to be a straight red card but referee Craig Thomson reached for his yellow knowing that he had already booked Ball for a foul on Jonny Hayes.
Ball told the Daily Record:
I had slowed down thinking I was on a yellow card and I shouldn’t do anything stupid.But I’ve never been sent off before, I’ve been in 50-50s before where players have ended up on the floor but there has been nothing wrong with that and there has been no booking.
I thought Ryan was going to win it but the ball bounced up and was floating in the air. Obviously I’ve gone for it and our heads clashed.
I lived with Ryan in Aberdeen last year so I was never going to try to hurt him. It was disappointing that the impact meant he had done his cheekbone and his eye socket then he banged his jaw when he landed.”
The day after the Hampden clash Christie posted a gruesome picture on Instagram of his badly bruised face with his left eye swollen and closed over. Yesterday, 13 days on, the midfielder was briefly on television during the Celtic v Kilmarnock match with his left eye still badly swollen.
Neil Lennon isn’t expecting Christie to play again this season.