Devante Cole avoids further punishment after kick on Celtic man Ismaila Soro

By Euan Davidson

February 9, 2021

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro was kicked on the chest by Devante Cole in the game against Motherwell [BBC].

Yet, the Motherwell man’s punishment of a yellow card will stand instead of further punishment. It’s a move that sets a worrying precedent, with Kemar Roofe and Celtic striker Albian Ajeti next up on the docket at Hampden.

Replays showed Cole clearly kicking out at the Ivorian midfielder. Despite this, further examination suggests that it wasn’t in fact, violent conduct. The SFA’s guide lines indicate that a charge of violent conduct is a sending-off offence.

Celtic fans were incensed by the incident [Twitter], with some calling it “deliberate” and “shocking”. Others have once again called for an inquiry into refereeing standards in Scotland, especially in the light of other charges being brought up this week.

Bhoys striker Albian Ajeti’s case is being heard today. He was cited by the SFA for simulation, something that wasn’t spotted by referee Kevin Clancy [BBC]. Largely, it wasn’t spotted, because there was contact between Colin Doyle and the Swiss international’s achilles, with the striker running at speed.

Tough few days: Ismaila Soro / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro’s day of woe

Perhaps Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro won’t be too fussed about this. However, he’s having a bad day of it already. Boss Neil Lennon told the press that Soro was involved in a car crash on his way to training this morning.

Slippy conditions on the roads, following heavy snowfall, contributed to Soro’s car accident. Lennon, however, assuaged any fears about the midfielder, claiming that he’d be available for tomorrow’s night’s match against St Mirren.

Lennon said [Daily Record]:

“Soro had a prang in his car this morning due to the adverse weather conditions. He looks OK.

“So we are just checking on him, making sure he is alright. He missed a large part of the session.”

Here’s hoping that Ismaila Soro isn’t affected by either incident too heavily. The Ivorian has been a rare bright spark for the Bhoys this season, since his breakthrough match against Lille in the Europa League.

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