Butcher rages at red card for 'assault by fingernail'
Monday 21 November 2011
Terry Butcher, the Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager, heavily criticised referee Steve O'Reilly for sending off Greg Tansey during his Scottish Premier League basement team's 2-0 defeat by Celtic.
Midfielder Tansey was dismissed for an aerial challenge on Georgios Samaras in the 36th minute when the game was goalless, and it proved a decisive moment as striker Anthony Stokes scored twice to consign the home side to defeat.
"If anything it is assault by fingernail," said Butcher. "The player [Samaras] has gone down as if he's been scratched by a jaguar. There's no way it's a red card. I'm not happy. The usual happens: Inverness get a man sent off. We had a man sent off against Rangers, against Celtic and against Motherwell."
Butcher, who will appeal the red card, added: "It happens because referees are rushed into decisions. If they just step back and look at it, then they'd realise it's not a red card. I feel like saying: 'SPL, go and sort out the referees and let's get a bit of consistency'."
The Celtic manager Neil Lennon had special praise for substitute Ki Sung-yueng after the midfielder played a part in both of Stokes' goals. "Ki manipulates the ball well and passes it well," said Lennon of the South Korean, who has only recently recovered from a virus which hospitalised him.
Lennon added: "We were worried that he hadn't played much football in two weeks, that's why we didn't take the chance by starting him. But he felt a lot better and made a great contribution when he came on. It was important to win against Inverness."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Atletico Madrid closing in on Santi Cazorla deal - reports
Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal subject of £39m bid
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger set to cancel moves for Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin in favour of Jack Wilshere - reports
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal
LA Galaxy vs Manchester United: 'Beautiful goals and beautiful attacks' - Louis van Gaal revels in 'fantastic' 7-0 start
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia