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3rd Apr, 2018 | 8:08am

'One of the worst' - Steve Conroy delivers verdict on incident in Celtic win v Ross County

Former referee Steve Conroy has claimed that Ross County’s Andrew Davies deserved a far longer punishment than a two game ban for his stamp on Celtic’s Scott Brown.

Conroy also believes that the challenge on the Hoops skipper is one of the worst that he has ever seen.

“I would say, yeah, it ranks up there. It’s one of the worst I’d seen,” Conroy said on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound.

“It was certainly a nasty challenge. He had no intention of going for the ball. That’s the definition of it, of violent conduct, which is what he was sent off for.

“I think it merits more than two.”

The SFA have decided that the challenge merits only a two match ban, which is bound to be mentioned by Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers when he does his press conference for the Bhoys’ match against Dundee on Wednesday night.

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Brown was extremely lucky to avoid serious injury in the incident, and it looks like the controversy over the challenge isn’t going to end any time soon.

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Hoops fans, who aren’t exactly fans of referees usually, will be pleased that one seems to agree with them for once, that Davies deserved to have the book thrown at him for his challenge on Brown. The SFA’s decision to only give Davies a two match ban looks to have backfired already, going by the comments made by Conroy, as it seems that many people expected at the very least a three match ban for what looked to be a planned assault on the Hoops skipper. The SFA could have set a precedent for future bad challenges if they had given Davies a lengthy ban but they have failed to do so and will no doubt be heavily criticised once more.

In other Celtic news, Hoops fans are unhappy at the two game ban given to Davies

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