Zemmama wanted Boyd dismissal
Merouane Zemmama believes Kris Boyd was lucky not to see red in Rangers' 3-0 success over Hibs.
Last Updated: 15/02/10 11:11am
Hibernian midfielder Merouane Zemmama believes Kris Boyd was lucky not to see red in Rangers' 3-0 success on Sunday.
Boyd clashed with Zemmama before half-time at Ibrox when the SPL contest was still goalless.
Zemmama claims he was caught by a stray elbow, although Boyd was only booked for obstruction rather than dangerous play.
The Moroccan insists he did not exaggerate the contact and believes it was a bad challenge that merited a red card.
To add insult to injury Boyd scored Gers' second goal of the game from the penalty spot to all but wrap up the three points.
"Kris Boyd went for my face with his elbow instead of the ball," claimed Zemmama. "I've gone down and the fans boo me because they think I am cheating but I am no cheat. He hit me.
"He didn't look for the ball, he looked for my face. It was a bad challenge. The referee gave him a yellow card but maybe in another country it would have been a red. In the UK, it is normal to not get a red card for these things.
"I told him at half-time that he should go for the ball but he didn't say anything."
Miller won the penalty after going down under Sol Bamba's challenge and Zemmama claims the contact was minimal.
"It was never a penalty," he continued. "I think Miller went down too easily. The referee made his decision though and we just have to accept that.
"It was very disappointing because we came here to have a go and take all three points. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the goal we wanted which was frustrating as we'd been playing so well."