By Paul Robinson

15th Sep, 2022 | 7:13pm

Pundit issues 'harsh' Rangers verdict as James Sands controversy analysed

Paul Robinson has claimed the decision which saw Rangers defender James Sands sent off against Napoli “was harsh”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one suggested the decision could have gone either way and that is why VAR did not intervene.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side lost 3-0 to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday (14 September).

Sands was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Giovanni Simeone inside the 18-yard box.

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz adjudged the Gers centre-back to have tripped the Napoli forward and VAR did not deem there to have been a clear and obvious error.

Allan McGregor saved the resulting penalty but it ultimately did not matter with the visitors scoring twice late on.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the red card incident, Robinson said: “I thought it was harsh to see him get a second yellow for it.

He made a genuine attempt to play the ball.

At first I thought he got a toe on it but I’m not sure after the replays. It was one of those that was probably not going to get overturned whichever way it went.

It was a shame because up to that point Rangers were well and truly in the match.

The scoreline didn’t really reflect how the game went. Rangers had a couple of very good chances.”  

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