Gers appeal McGregor ban
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers have appealed Uefa's decision to hand Allan McGregor a two-game ban.
Rangers have appealed Uefa's decision to hand keeper Allan McGregor a two-game ban.
The shot-stopper was dismissed in Rangers' 4-0 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv last week and will now miss the side's upcoming Uefa Cup games with Osasuna.
Rangers were hoping their first-choice keeper would not be given a suspension and have been left reeling by Uefa's decision.
"Rangers Football Club is extremely disappointed with Uefa's decision," read a statement on the club's official website.
Chief executive Martin Bain added: "On receiving notification of Allan's two-match ban our immediate reaction was to appeal."
McGregor earlier accused Luciano de Bravo of cheating after play acting in getting him sent off.
"After the third goal went in I was standing outside my box talking to Brahim (Hemdani) and then I noticed the ball lying on the ground and I simply picked it up, had a wee feel of it and then put it back on the ground," he stated.
"I then turned away but I could hear footsteps behind me so I turned round and the Israeli player, who was only about six yards away, was trying to kick the ball at me.
"I ducked out of the road and then I stood my ground. Then he walked up to me and there was no contact and I did not move my head as if intending to head-butt him.
"He fell and lay on the ground as if he had been shot. It's shocking. It's just blatant cheating. You see it now and again and it's not nice to see."