Baraclough expects favourable appeal

Ian Baraclough
Ian Baraclough

Motherwell has formally submitted an appeal to the SFA in relation to Stephen McManus’ red card in Sunday’s match against Aberdeen at Fir Park.

The former Scotland defender was sent off by referee Willie Collum after being erroneously penalised for handball as he blocked a Jonny Hayes shot on the line.

Manager Ian Baraclough said: “Stephen cannot get out the way of it, the shot has been struck with such velocity. He has not put his hand out, but the ball has hit him at the top of the arm, in line with the shoulder.

“To be sent off for that, and subsequently miss games further down the line for us, would be a travesty.

“To be fair, Willie has had to make a split-second decision. He doesn’t get the benefit of a replay and, at times, referees get it wrong and you have to accept that.

“We’re all human beings and we all make mistakes. It’s no different to me as a manager making a wrong decision or a player taking the wrong option; it’s part of the game.

“There were plenty of cameras at the match that show quite clearly what happened, so I would expect the appeal panel to look favourably on this one.”

McManus’s hearing date will take place tomorrow (Thursday).