Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley’s wife Jayne has fired a blast at Celtic winger Scott Sinclair after diving to win a penalty in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday.
Sinclair went down after minimal contact from ‘Well defender Cedric Kipre leading to the Frenchman picking up a red card before Moussa Dembele scored the spot-kick.
Celtic went on to win 2-0 after James Forrest opened the scoring in the second-half before referee Craig Thomson was conned by Sinclair into awarding a penalty.
Mrs Lasley was furious with the second-half flashpoint and urged the Scottish FA to look at how incidents like that influence games – and the message allowing cheating sends out to supporters.
“You try to teach your children to be honest in life and there’s consequences for their actions,” Lasley said in a tweet on her personal Twitter account.
“Then you take them to a game one Sunday – hugely in the public eye and they learn that cheating gets you a win and there’s actually no consequences for poor decisions.
“The SFA need to look at how theses bad split decisions by refs have a huge effect on not only the team, the fans, and the hard working staff but also the message it sends out.
“Cheats are never winners.”
Lasley’s husband – former midfielder Keith – spent 16 years with the Steelmen over two spells with the Fir Park side and made 413 appearances in for ‘Well before hanging his boots up at the end of last season to become the club’s assistant manager.
Sinclair could still find himself in trouble over his antics at Hampden if the Scottish FA compliance officer decides to look at it – with a potential two-match ban awaiting if he is found to have deliberately deceived the referee.
The win means Celtic have lifted each of the last four major trophies contested in Scottish football and the Hoops will now have one eye on a possible back-to-back domestic treble.
The two sides meet again on Wednesday in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Celtic news, ex-Hoops manager Neil Lennon has taken a brutal swipe at Rangers for their manager search.