Ex-SFA compliance officer offers insight on Rangers statement after Alves ban
By James Black
Former Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny has claimed Rangers were wrong to release a statement criticising the decision to give Bruno Alves a two-match ban.
Rangers claimed the decision to cite Alves for kicking out at Motherwell’s Louis Moult was “devoid of balance or credibility” as Moult escaped punishment for a retaliatory kick at Alves and Motherwell’s Ryan Bowman avoided further action despite leaving Fabio Cardoso with a broken nose after an elbow.
Lunny was compliance officer between 2011 and 2014 before being replaced by Tony McGlennan and gave some insight into the decision-making process behind citing a player for retrospective action.
“The compliance officer’s role is to be as dispassionate as possible,” Lunny said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“The job is to look at all the incidents in a match and decide what you can actually prove before the panel.
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“Where it becomes difficult in a match with a number of incidents is deciding which ones haven’t been seen by the officials.
“Once that hurdle is cleared, then it’s about deciding if they are sending off offences.”
Alves will appear in front of a Scottish FA disciplinary panel on Thursday as they look at his case after Rangers refused the offer of a two-match ban.
With Cardoso already missing after having his nose broken, Rangers are short of bodies in defence and a ban for Alves would stretch the Gers’ resources even thinner.
The Gers face Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Wednesday night before heading along the M8 to take on Hearts at their temporary Murrayfield home this weekend.
The possible absence of Cardoso and Alves means 19-year-old defender Ross McCrorie and Danny Wilson will likely pair up at the heart of Rangers’ defence.
Manager Pedro Caixinha will be hoping his side can quickly get over their Hampden disappointment and pick up three points as league leaders Celtic and Aberdeen clash at Pittodrie at the same time as the Gers face Kilmarnock.
In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd tore into Caixinha after the defeat against Motherwell.