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Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna Says He Was ‘Shocked’ to Receive Two-Game Ban For Edouard Tackle

Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna Says He Was ‘Shocked’ to Receive Two-Game Ban For Edouard Tackle

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna claims he was shocked to learn he’d been handed a two-game ban for his recent tackle on Odsonne Edouard, insisting he won the ball in his duel with the Celtic forward.

McKenna was criticised roundly by fans on social media after his wild-looking challenge, pictured above, which forced Edouard off injured – but didn’t even merit a free-kick, according to the referee Bobby Madden.

But the SFA took a different view from Madden and issued McKenna with a notice of complaint, leading to his two-match suspension.

But the Scotland international has been protesting his innocence, insisting it was an honest and fair challenge.

Speaking on Reds TV, the 21-year-old centre-back said: “I am extremely disappointed that I am going to miss two games when at the time there was not even a free kick awarded against me.

“To get a phone call from the manager a few days later to say that I had been given the ban, it was a shock.

“At the time I remember Leigh Griffiths turning and trying to play the ball into space so I came across.

“I believe I got to the ball clearly before Edouard and I got my foot on it. I am trying to clear the ball or hit it hard enough so if it does hit him he has no chance of controlling it and I think that is what happened.

“There was always going to be contact, whether I kicked the ball off him or not. To get a two game ban was disappointing when it was a genuine attempt to play the ball.

“The photo which everyone has seen was taken after I had made contact with the ball and Edouard.

“He made contact with my right leg which has swung me around so my body was in the air which made it look like a two footed lunge, but it was nothing like that at all.”

What do you think of McKenna’s comments? Did he indeed play the ball when he lunged towards Edouard?

And is a two-game ban an appropriate level of punishment for a tackle of this nature?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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