The big French defender was given a straight red card by referee Craig Thomson in the first-half of today’s 0-0 draw between the sides at Fir Park, after a collision with Scott Brown.
Even Kipré’s harshest of critics would be hard-pushed to deny the decision was a rash one, and if both players had been shown a yellow card, nobody inside the stadium would have complained.
— talkingbaws.com (@talkingbaws) March 18, 2018
It’s the second time Kipré has been sent off against Celtic this season after being handed his marching orders against the Hoops in November’s League Cup final, but today’s experience may have left a psychological scar, according to his manager.
Speaking via Clyde 1, the Well boss explained:
“I have had to put my arm round him because he is distraught.
We all felt we could take the game to them in the second-half so that was disappointing.
“It ruined the match because there were two good teams going for it and we had to sit back which was inevitable against a team of that quality.
“I think everyone in this room knows it wasn’t a sending off.
“Two people coming together. It was nothing. It certainly wasn’t a stamp as was indicated as the reason.
“If it had been two yellow cards you might have thought it was harsh.
“Scott Brown gives him a little shove and Cedric brushed his calf against him. It definitely wasn’t a red card and it spoiled a very good match
“I am proud of each and every one of my players. It was a well-deserved point.”
What do you think of the decision? We realise referees have a hard job, but surely Thomson would be prepared to admit he made a mistake here, eh?
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