Former Rangers star Alan Hutton has insisted the SFA are setting a “very worrying” precedent by charging Kemar Roofe for serious foul play.
The former Ibrox defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the striker’s tackle on St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson was not malicious but insisted it should have been considered dealt with by the officials on the day.
The 28-year-old was charged for the foul by the SFA, with his appeal hearing set to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, 9 February).
Roofe was booked at the time by referee David Munro but the incident was then cited by the compliance officer for breaching the rules over serious foul play, violent conduct or spitting at an opponent.
Rangers are already missing Alfredo Morelos after he was also retrospectively charged for a stamp on Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous.
Hutton insisted he was all for the SFA getting involved when officials had missed an incident but suggested the door was being opened for every single incident to be reviewed.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It’s very worrying, for me, moving forward, because the referee is basically saying I’ve seen the incident and I gave him a yellow card, which he thought it was worth.
“There was no malice, I’ve seen a million times with strikers, they try and step over the ball to get their body between the player and ultimately the ball – a striker’s tackle, whatever you want to call it – and he has caught him, there’s no doubt about that.
“The worrying thing is if he does get banned for this, moving forward, that’s going to have to mean that there’s going to have to be consistency with that moving forward. Everybody, if it’s a tackle we judge to be a little bit more than a yellow, the panel’s going to have to look at them all.
“It’s very worrying where they’re going with this at the moment. Everybody’s going to want every single tackle, every single weekend, looked at. I don’t know, how are they going to cope with this?
“The way they’re going at the moment this panel who are judging every other tackle, they’re going to be snowed under with complaints moving forward because it’s tackles that have been dealt with on the pitch already.
“It’s totally different if the ref doesn’t see it. If he doesn’t see it then there’s an opportunity for them to step in but if the referee’s made his decision, let him ref the game.”