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The brutal attack on Ismaila Soro that Sportscene decided not to show

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With just a few minutes of actual highlights to show as part of their broadcasting deal BBC Scotland like to make the most of their access to SPFL fixtures.

In midweek they decided to include a clip of Aaron Tshibola running into Scott Brown and Kilmarnock’s Colin Doyle bringing down Albian Ajeti in the penalty box.

Both incidents were discussed by their on-sofa pundits, the incidents were replayed and on Thursday the SFA cited Ajeti for simulation with Celtic appealing against a two match suspension.

Yesterday in the closing minutes of Celtic’s 2-1 win over Motherwell BBC Scotland were presented with another incident and refereeing decision that seemed at least as controversial as the midweek Celtic penalty.

After Ismaila Soro tussled Devante Cole off the ball that Motherwell man ended up falling onto his backside. As he was falling back Cole decided to back heel his opponent, striking Soro in the stomach.

Referee Nick Walsh decided that it was a yellow card. Perhaps like Kemar Roofe he might find out that the SFA have been less lenient with the challenge but it wasn’t to be shared with viewers of Sportscene.

It is sometimes claimed that the SFA subscribe to Trial by Sportscene, if that is true the opposite also applies, if Sportscene opt not to include an incident in highlights the chances are that Cole has got away with one. Perhaps if the attack had come from Brown it might have made its way into the highlights package.

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