Ross County captain Andrew Davies looks set to escape further sanctions over his disgraceful stamp on his Celtic counterpart Scott Brown during Celtic’s 3-0 win at Celtic Park.
Davies was shown a straight red card for his 40th minute stamp on Brown, who was left writhing in agony, but it is now being reported that the 33 year old Englishman will serve an automatic two match ban for being shown a red card, but will escape further sanctions for what Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers labelled as ‘the worst tackle he had seen’ during his time in Scotland.
Despite video footage showing quite clearly no intent from Davies to challenge for the ball and went directly to stamp on Brown, questions must now be asked of the Scottish FA’s disciplinary process.
Ouch! Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers described Ross County captain Andrew Davies’ challenge on Scott Brown as “one of the worst I have ever seen” and “disgraceful”.
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) April 1, 2018
During the recent derby between Celtic and Rangers, Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic was sent off for using his arm to block the run of Alfredo Morelos, who went down theatrically as if he had been mauled. That offence saw Simunovic pick up an automatic two match ban and now the Scottish FA have given players carte blanche.
The fact that the Scottish FA believe that the Davies stamp is similar to Simunovic’s or less of an offence than Neil Lennon mouthing off at a referee on the touchline, shows how badly the Scottish FA disciplinary process is.
Former Hibs midfielder-turned-pundit Tam McManus slammed Davies’ as he took to Twitter, he said: “Scandalous coward of a tackle. If that was Brown on another player can only imagine the outcry!! Done him.”
The lack of action from the Scottish FA means that Davies will now be available for County’s first game after the split as the Highland outfit look to avoid relegation from the Scottish Premiership.