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Video: Stephen Robinson Explains Why Motherwell Haven’t Appealed Cedric Kipre Red Card

Video: Stephen Robinson Explains Why Motherwell Haven’t Appealed Cedric Kipre Red Card

Stephen Robinson has explained why Motherwell haven’t appealed Cedric Kipre’s controversial red card in the Betfred Cup Final.

The Steelmen went down 2-0 to Celtic in the final at Hampden on Sunday, with goals from James Forrest and Moussa Dembele securing the victory for the holders.

But it wasn’t without controversy, as Kipre and Motherwell were punished for a Scott Sinclair dive which led to Dembele’s goal from the penalty spot.

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Although Kipre brushed his arm on Sinclair, it wasn’t enough for the Hoops man to go down – but he did, and referee Craig Thomson pointed straight to the spot before sending off Kipre.

Given the backlash to that decision, you’d have expected Motherwell to appeal the red card.

But they’ve decided against that – with Robinson confirming that he wants the defender to focus on upcoming games rather than any appeal hearings.

Also, Kipre’s ban doesn’t kick in until next season’s Betfred Cup group stages and Robinson believes he’s good enough to be playing in the English Premier League by then:

It’s hard to disagree with Robinson given Motherwell have more important fixtures now that they’ll need to concentrate fully on.

They play Celtic in the Premiership tomorrow night at Fir Park before facing Brendan Rodgers’ men for the third time in a row at Parkhead on Saturday.

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