Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says he was sent off during his sides Scottish Cup semi-final defeat for reacting to Celtic fans singing a sectarian song he has had aimed at him “a hundred times”.
McInnes followed assistant Tony Docherty – and two of his players – in being dismissed during the 3-0 defeat.
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The former Rangers player added: “I had let it go the first time but I shouldnt react and Ill take my punishment. I was wrong to do so, I should be better than that.”
“Ive heard that song a hundred times aimed at me so I think frustration from the game has played a part. Itll be interesting to see if everybody gets punished.”
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Speaking to BBC Scotland, the Aberdeen manager said he thought a warning from fourth official Nick Walsh would have sufficed.
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“Hes obviously deemed it serious enough to bring the referee over,” he added. “I accept that, Ill apologise for that and any punishment going my way, Ill take it on the chin.”
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The semi-final was goalless when Dominic Ball was sent off for a second booking after an aerial challenge on Celtics Ryan Christie, who left the field on a stretcher after a lengthy stoppage.
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James Forrest then put Celtic ahead and Aberdeens Lewis Ferguson was dismissed for a challenge on Tom Rogic shortly before the Australian scored the third goal.
But McInnes questioned both of Balls bookings, liking the aerial challenge to one by Celtics Dedryck Boyata on Gary Mackay-Steven during Aberdeens 1-0 League Cup final defeat in December.
“The sending-off changes everything, absolutely everything,” McInnes said. “Any time you go down to 10 men against a good team like Celtic, I think it is pivotal.
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“The first challenge, his first foul in the game, Jonny Hayes has actually kicked the ball out the park. The second one, its a difficult one. I didnt see a flailing arm or an elbow, I just think its a clash of heads.
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“Its disappointing that for those two offences that Dom Ball then gets sent off. I think its extremely harsh.”
Dominic Ball has thrown his left leg and taken the player, so hes deserved that yellow card. Youre then walking a tightrope. When he sees that challenge on, he should just not go for it.
I think Derek deserves the support from the board. But two players being sent off and the manager and assistant being sent to the stand, is unacceptable. That is worth a conversation between chairman and manager about the lack of discipline that Aberdeen showed in the second half. Its not acceptable.
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ABDERDEEN manager Derek McInnes was sent off during the second-half of his sides Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic for appearing to react to sectarian abuse aimed at him.
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The 48-year-old made a gesture with an arm after a section of Celtic supporters called him a “sad orange b******.”
What seemed to happen next was that fourth official Nick Walsh alerted referee Craig Thomson to McInness reaction. The Aberdeen boss was then sent to the stand for the last 15 minutes of the match.