'Board are as bad as the manager' - Rangers fans react to Tuesday club statement
By James Black
Rangers released a statement on Tuesday hammering the Scottish FA over their decision to offer Bruno Alves a two-match ban for violent conduct on the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Motherwell.
The Ibrox club believe that the decision to cite Alves for aiming a kick at Motherwell’s Louis Moult – while ignoring Moult’s retaliatory kick and Ryan Bowman’s elbow-smash which left Fabio Cardoso soaked in blood – is “devoid of credibility and balance.”
Alves and Moult clashed late on in the 2-0 win for the Steelmen with referee Steven McLean failing to spot either player’s action before Moult got involved in a confrontation with Eduardo Herrera.
The majority of Rangers fans are furious at the decision and have applauded the club’s fierce statement, apart from one who said that “talk is cheap” and suggested that the “board are as bad” as under-fire boss Pedro Caixinha.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
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Talk is cheap. When the SFA fire back the wet blankets will back down. The current board are as bad as the manager
— Pro Patria (@ProPatria1872) October 24, 2017
This is totally unbelievable from the SFA- it is so wrong -there’s no doubt now that Rangers are being singled out from the rest -will they come out now and explain their reasoning? They probably don’t know the meaning of the word!
— robert merac taylor (@robertmeractayl) October 24, 2017
— Neil Buchanan (@Neil_Buchanan) October 24, 2017
Good statement. All we want is fairness in the game!
— FK1872 (@FK1872) October 24, 2017
Excellent statement tonight by Rangers, Alves rightly so should get a ban but so should at least 1 Motherwell player. We want fairness!!!
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBantz) October 24, 2017
Good statement that from Rangers and a good dig @btsportfootball as well with what they choose to highlight during games as well
— Barry (@bkerr72) October 24, 2017
Rangers are now likely to be without Alves when they travel to Murrayfield this weekend to face Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.
Barring the SFA from convening a disciplinary hearing tomorrow, Alves will be free to play against Kilmarnock at Ibrox tomorrow night.
With Fabio Cardoso likely missing the next few games after having his nose broken, Pedro Caixinha may have to play Danny Wilson and Ross McCrorie together in central defence.
Aidan Wilson and David Bates could also come into Caixinha’s selection plans if Alves’ ban is upheld.
In other Rangers news, this Gers first-teamer has attended hospital after the game on Sunday.