Motherwell’s Devante Cole flashpoint reviewed by ex-Premier League referee as he points to ‘clear red card’

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MOTHERWELL star Devante Cole was fortunate to escape a red card against Celtic on Saturday.

The striker seemed to kick out at Celtic ace Ismaila Soro during the Parkhead side’s 2-1 victory.

Davante Cole is booked by Nick Walsh


Davante Cole is booked by Nick WalshCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

And former English Premier League whistler Mark Halsey reckons it was “absolutely clear” he should’ve been sent off.

He reckons Cole could well face retrospective action from the SFA disciplinary panel, with the compliance officer due to review the incident today.

Kemar Roofe and Albian Ajeti were handed bans for separate incidents last week by Scottish football’s governing body.

Various Hoops fans have called for Cole to be given similar treatment.

Cole appeared to kick out at Soro


Cole appeared to kick out at SoroCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

Ex-ref Halsey told MSN sport: “For me, I think it’s an absolutely clear red card. I think the assistant is right there as well.

“Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent is an act of violent conduct and Celtic were absolutely spot on, it was a red card offence for violent conduct.

“It’ll be interesting to see in the coming days what happens with the Motherwell player.”

Ajeti will find out tomorrow if he is to face a two-game ban for apparently diving against Kilmarnock last Tuesday.

Rangers have appealed Roofe’s charge after his tackle on St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson, and this will be heard on Thursday.

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