'It's not acceptable' - Rangers ace Bruno Alves blasts Motherwell after loss
By James Black
Rangers defender Bruno Alves has blasted Motherwell for their rough style of play after Sunday’s 2-0 loss in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.
Louis Moult’s second-half double booked Motherwell’s place in next month’s final against Celtic at Hampden Park in what was a controversial affair.
Fabio Cardoso and Alfredo Morelos came in for particularly harsh treatment from Stephen Robinson’s side- with Cardoso having his mouth cut open and nose broken by Ryan Bowman’s elbow.
Referee Steven McLean baffled and infuriated both sets of fans with some ridiculous decisions – including missing up to four potential red cards – as he sent both managers to the stand in the aftermath of Cardoso’s injury.
Alves believes referees need to be stricter and blasted ‘Well claiming that it wasn’t football.
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“This is not football,” Alves said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ website.
“I also like physical contact and to play hard but this was too much.
“The first action in the game was an elbow in the face of Fabio.
“After this anything can happen; it can happen but he opened Fabio’s mouth.
“It’s not acceptable.
“I don’t like to find excuses for why we lost but I am really disappointed about this.”
Bowman, Moult, Alves and Cedric Kipre could all have seen red at points in Sunday’s explosive clash however referee McLean seemed to let the worst fouls committed go while booking players after iinnocuous challenges.
Alves got himself involved in a tussle with Moult and kicked out at the Motherwell mainstay before Moult returned with a boot of his own.
Next up for Caixinha’s side is the visit of Kilmarnock to Ibrox on Wednesday night as league leaders Celtic and Aberdeen go head-to-head at Pittodrie.
The Gers trail both sides by six points and could close the gap with a good result against newly-appointed Killie boss Steve Clarke.
In other Rangers news, Gers fans reacted on Twitter in hilarious fashion after Celtic lost to Bayern Munich.