Red card awarded to Motherwell's Cedric Kipre against Celtic on Sunday is overturned

Cedric Kipre (centre) is now available for Motherwell's next game against Rangers (Pic by Michael Gillen)
Cedric Kipre (centre) is now available for Motherwell's next game against Rangers (Pic by Michael Gillen)

Motherwell FC today received a major boost when the club won its appeal against Cedric Kipre's controversial red card for alleged violent conduct against Celtic on Sunday.

Referee Craig Thomson showed Kipre a straight red after an altercation with Scott Brown, a decision which was today overturned.

A claim of wrongful dismissal was accepted by a judicial panel at Hampden Park, overturning the decision and cancelling a resulting two-game suspension.

A yellow card will instead be added to the player’s record and Kipre will now be available for selection for Motherwell’s next match at home to Rangers on March 31.

The test for violent conduct, according to the laws of the game, is that a player “must either use or attempt to use excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball.”

The judicial panel ruled that Kipré’s actions did not use excessive force or brutality against his opponent.

“We are pleased that the panel ruled in Cédric’s favour,” manager Stephen Robinson told the Motherwell FC website. “It is a sensible outcome, something that all parties agree with.

“Cédric is now available for our upcoming games, which are hugely important as we try and reach the top six. We can now draw a line under things and move on.”