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Ibrox apologist Marvin Bartley jumps to the defence of Joe Aribo and Don Robertson

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Marvin Bartley has jumped to the defence of Joe Aribo after his brutal lunge at Hearts midfielder Cammy Devlin.

The Livingston coach has become something of a go-to guy in the media to defend, deny and deflect any controversies around Sevco.

In the 35th minute of yesterday’s match Aribo took a touch on the ball that resembled peak Kenny Miller, he then lunged dangerously after the ball wiping out Devlin.

Referee Don Robertson had a clear view of the incident, a fortnight after Ryan Porteous was sent off at Ibrox Robertson decided that a yellow card and a stern warning was enough punishment.

Picking up on his comments on BBC Sportsound, the Daily Record reports Bartley saying:

He (Aribo) takes a loose touch, and then kind of stretches after the ball. Definitely the stills look a lot worse.

Listen, if I’m on the sidelines and that’s against Livingston I’m screaming for a red card all day, but if that’s me as a player, there is no real lunge.

There is no real; he’s not going in uncontrollably. He’s had a loose touch, he’s tried to stretch for it, the Hearts player has got there before him.

If you freeze frame a lot of tackles that maybe i’ve done you would be calling for a red card. I think the referee has made the right decision.

Yesterday the incident passed without comment from broadcasters and publishers but was picked up on by social media.

No-one was referring to stills or freeze-frame, a video clip of the incident was widely circulated after BBC Sportscene decided not to broadcast the clash.

The last time that a Scottish referee red carded an Ibrox star was in December 2019, this year Kemar Roofe, Leon Balogun, John Lundstram and Glen Kamara have been sent off in European matches.

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3 comments

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    And if my Auntie had a pair of baws, she’d be my uncle. HH

  • Brian says:

    It’s time someone at our club took the bbc to task for not showing these incidents, it was the same last season blatantly ignoring them but dissecting ever one of ours. I have not and will not watch these biased programmes with former EBT recipients as hosts. Corrupt as hell.

  • harold shand says:

    It’s all this guy Bartley seems to do is back Sevco . Is he after a job there ?

    I listened to this today and he said when Livingston played them a few weeks ago his team hardly got a touch of the ball and he was laughing about that

    This is the reason why guys like him and other pundits like ex Sevco players are on every outlet on radio and television , it’s to back them on blatant decisions like this

    What’s the betting that Alex Rae or Andy Halliday will be on SSB tomo night also backing Aribo and crying about Motherwell not getting a penalty

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