Bryson defends Mendes
Kilmarmock midfielder Craig Bryson does not think Rangers' Pedro Mendes should have been sent off.
Last Updated: 22/09/09 11:45am
Kilmarmock midfielder Craig Bryson does not think Rangers' Pedro Mendes should have been sent off at the weekend.
Mendes saw red after being booked twice by referee Steve Conroy for two challenges on Bryson.
But Bryson has now leapt to the defence of the Portuguese midfielder.
"I got to the ball before him and he did kick me, but it was his first tackle of the game and when I saw the yellow card come out at the time I have to say that I did think it was a bit harsh," said Bryson.
"Then for the second one it was the same situation. I got to the ball first and I was really just trying to get myself out the way of the tackle.
"If I had stayed standing then I would have got hurt, but I did think that the boy had two tackles in the whole game and he was sent off so I definitely think it was a bit harsh, as was Manuel Pascali's.
"It seemed a bit much for both of them. I don't think that there were any real bad tackles in the game and there seemed to be cards being shown all the time.
"I definitely thought the red cards were harsh on both players because I didn't think there was any real intent to do damage."
Rangers boss Walter Smith is himself facing a four-game touchline ban after he was sent to the stands following Mendes' dismissal.