Ridiculous Paton Card Rescinded

By Stand Free Ed
Last updated : 09 October 2010

ABERDEEN has won its appeal against the unbelievable red card given to Michael Paton during Saturday's game at Inverness.

The striker, coming on for his first SPL appearance of the season, was sent off for what can only be described as doing nothing by referee Calum Murray.

Paton's dismissal was aided by an unsportsmanlike reaction from ICT player Johnny Hayes, who scored the home side's opening goal with a fluke.

However there is no indication if either the Inverness player or referee Murray will be admonished for their actions, and if that's the case then there is nothing to stop this sort of thing from happening again.

Meanwhile, Rangers keeper Allan McGregor has been handed a one-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct in the SPL match against Aberdeen.

McGregor, who played for Scotland in Friday night's 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to the Czech Republic in Prague, had been charged after aiming a kick at Dons striker Chris 'Bebo' Maguire during the 3-2 victory for Rangers at Pittodrie on September 26.

He has also had 12 disciplinary points added to his record.

The incident was not spotted at the time by any of the match officials but it was brought to the attention of the SFA who convened a video review panel during the week.

While the Paton decision and McGregor ban are welcomed, perhaps it would be a better idea to have competent match officials at SPL games - or how about giving the fourth official access to a replay monitor?

 

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