Report: Celtic won't appeal Odsonne Edouard's derby booking despite Kennedy anger

By Sean Clifford

March 23, 2021

Celtic have confirmed that they will not appeal the booking Odsonne Edouard received in the Glasgow Derby for simulation, according to Clyde 1 Superscoreboard.

Although the Hoops had the chance to contest the decision, they have elected to avoid taking matters further. Going down in clear sight of goal, the notion that the Frenchman attempted to cheat does not compute.

John Kennedy had outlined his rage at the decision in his post-match interview with Cetic TV. He accused Borna Barisic of being reckless in the challenge and hit out at Willie Collum’s verdict.

Even if there had not been contact, the nature of Barisic’s challenge makes it impossible for Edouard to stay on his feet. Of course, this is not the first time the Celts have been involved in such a scandal this season.

Celtic have recent experience of this scenario

Albian Ajeti was embroiled in a similar process, having a two-game diving ban overturned in February. After being adjudged to have unlawfully went to ground by the Compliance Officer, the Swiss striker eventually avoided citation after the Celtic appeal returned a ‘not proven’ verdict [Daily Record].

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Fundamentally, the inconsistency of Scottish refereeing has entered the wider footballing conscience recently. Here’s what Kennedy said at the weekend via Celtic TV:

Interim Celtic boss John Kennedy / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I can’t not mention the penalty kick, because it should have been a penalty kick.

“I’ve seen it again, I spoke to Odsonne on it as well, and as much as people say there’s little contact there, the player comes in recklessly.

“Odsonne’s trying to avoid that. He gets clipped in the process, you’re six yards out from the goal, it’s a goal.”

Reinforcing the confusion as to why Edouard would go down in his interview. The 37-year-old was adamant that his side should’ve had a penalty. On balance the better team, Kennedy can count himself slightly unfortunate in this instance.]

But you have to question in the end why the Hoops never bothered to appeal.