Hearing will take place on January 6; Celtic player faces two-match ban if found guilty
Last updated: 12/31/19 4:58 PM
Ryan Christie clashes with Alfredo Morelos during Sunday’s Old Firm clash
Celtic striker Ryan Christie has been hit by a complaint from the Scottish Football Association for an alleged incident with Alfredo Morelos in the 2-1 defeat to Rangers on Sunday.
Christie was already booked when he was punished for polluting Morelos on the hour in the Old Firm collision in Parkhead, with repetitions that seemed to show an alleged hold on the groin of the Colombian.
Referee Kevin Clancy did not show the Scotland international a yellow card for the incident.
4:23 Highlights of the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers
Highlights of the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers
The complaint is raised in accordance with Rule 200, A2, which reads: “When one of the sins of (A1) serious foul play, (A2) violent behavior and (A3) spitting towards an opponent or another person was committed by a player during a game, but the sending of a violation was not seen by one of the game officials at the time it was committed, the mandatory suspension for that violation as determined in Appendix C of the Judicial Panel Protocol has been applied to the player. “
The hearing will take place on January 6 and if found guilty, the sanction would imply a prohibition of two matches.
A Celtic statement said the club was “surprised” by the charge and promised to defend its player.
Christie missed a penalty in Celtic Park
“We are absolutely surprised at this decision. It is clear that we will defend Ryan vigorously,” the statement said.
Christie saw a penalty of the first half saved by Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor in Parkhead, where the visitors claimed a victory that moved them within two points of Premiership leaders Celtic with a winter break match.
If he accepts the charge or is found in violation, Christie will miss the trip from Celtic to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup on January 18 and the visit to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock in the Premiership four days later.
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