Rangers have won their appeal against Jon Flanagan’s two-match ban.
In last weekend’s Old Firm derby, referee Kevin Clancy booked the Gers full-back for elbowing Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Flanagan was then cited by the SFA as complicance officer Clare Whyte reviewed the footage and retrospectively handed Flanagan a two-game suspension.
But the Ibrox club appealed the decision, before a strongly-worded statement, and Flanagan’s red card has now been rescinded.
The incident has sparked controversy between both sets of supporters in why the decision was overturned, pointing the finger at the SFA for their inconsistency. On today’s Football Scotland Daily we look at the IFAB rules in detail and ask if they explain why the card has been rescinded.Violent conduct is classed: “When a player uses or attempts to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball, or against a team-mate. team official, match official, spectator or any other person, regardless of whether contact was made.””In addition, a player who, when not challenging for the ball, deliberately strikes an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm, is guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was neglible.”
IFAB define brutality as: “An act which is savage, ruthless or deliberately violent.”
You can listen to the podcast in the player above.