Tam McManus furious with Ryan Porteous red card in Rangers versus Hibernian
Tam McManus was furious with referee Nick Walsh after Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous was sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Rangers on Sunday.
Porteous was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Joe Aribo in the first half of the action at Ibrox.
Replays show that the Hibs defender won the ball from Aribo, leading to HibsTV pundit McManus reacting furiously to the incident.
“An absolutely disgraceful decision from Nick Walsh. Get in the bin, honestly,” said McManus via his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon during the game at Ibrox.
“Wins the ball cleanly. Shocking.”
In another tweet, McManus seemed to suggest that there’s some kind of conspiracy that sees referees favour the Light Blues.
He added: “He literally doesn’t touch Aribo. I mean at all.
“Would [Connor] Goldson or [Leon] Balogun get a red for that?
“Think we all know the answer.”
Was it a red card?
Porteous did win the ball cleanly but the Hibs defender did go in quite hard on Aribo and footage shows it was a bit of a lunge.
Still, it didn’t really endanger Aribo.
It wasn’t two-footed, it didn’t catch the Gers attacker and it didn’t cause any kind of injury to him either.
However, it was forceful and, as mentioned, a bit of a lunge.
In real time, you could probably see why Walsh gave the sending off but we’re leaning towards the fact it was a yellow card.
Yes, he won the ball and many people may say it wasn’t even a foul. But it was forceful and there was the lunging motion there.
It definitely wasn’t a red card, we don’t think.
However, there are bound to be many Rangers fans who were happy with Walsh’s decision.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the SFA rescind this one.
Hibs have some big games coming up against Aberdeen and Celtic so they’ll want Porteous to be available for them.
We feel as though it probably will be chalked off the record.