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I was wrong to react to sectarian chants, says Dons boss McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says he was sent off during his sides Scottish Cup semi-final defeat for gesturing 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.

A second yellow card was shown by referee Craig Thomson. The Dons were later reduced to nine-men after Lewis Ferguson was shown a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Tom Rogic as Celtic ran out 3-0 winners.

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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.”

Speaking to BBC Scotland, manager Neil Lennon said: We saw him at half time and he was conscious. We think its either a broken eye socket or a broken cheekbone.

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“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.”

It was a horrendous coming together and I dont think there was any deliberation over it. It was a definite second yellow.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the Aberdeen manager said he thought a warning from fourth official Nick Walsh would have sufficed.

The Celtic midfielder saw his Scottish Cup semi-final appearance end before half-time after a sickening clash with Dominic Ball.

“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.

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.

A lot of fans loved the way Brendan Rodgers played the game, but the big question mark for him was always Europe. Could Neil Lennon do it better than Rodgers? He did [in his first spell as manager]. But could you come every Saturday and watch the game played the way Lennon plays compared to Rodgers? Could Lennon improve players like Rodgers did?

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.

If youre looking at it from a financial point of view, Neil Lennon is the man you would take. There are other aspects that make him a really good candidate. If you go for a big name, theyre going to want fortunes that Celtic would not be prepared to pay.

“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.

“Hes one of the best players in Britain now. His goal was top-class and set us on another tremendous victory. Hes been absolutely outstanding since Ive come in so Im very grateful for his performances.”

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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.

Celtic dominated early on, before Aberdeen were reduced to 10 men when Dominic Ball was shown a second yellow card for a sickening aerial challenge on Ryan Christie, who left the field on the stretcher.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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Published8 hours ago Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes revealed his reaction to sectarian chants from Celtic supporters led to his dismissal by referee Craig Thomson in the 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat at Hampden Park.

The 48-year-old made a gesture with an arm after a section of Celtic supporters called him a “sad orange b******.”

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In the 72nd minute, with the Dons trailing from to goals from James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and substitute Tom Rogic, and with defender Dominic Ball, midfielder Lewis Ferguson and assistant manager Tony Docherty all sent off, McInnes incurred the ire of Thomson, via the fourth official Nick Walsh, and was sent to the stands.

The Dons boss claimed Balls second yellow card for heading Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie in an aerial challenge was harsh, so too Dochertys dismissal for something said to Thomson at the interval, but admitted Fergusons straight red card for a foul on Rogic was correct.

Asked if he had reacted to sectarian chanting from the Hoops fans, the former Rangers midfielder said: Well, aye, I let it go the first time.

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Ill take my punishment, but Ill be interested to see if everybody gets punished for it, but I shouldnt have reacted.

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Sam Cosgrove claims Aberdeen didnt lost the plot against Celtic

The fourth official deemed my reaction a red card offence and, if it is, it is, and I will take my punishment for that.

I think it will be in the delegates report, which is pleasing and refreshing, because it is not always in a delegates report, when you hear sectarian singing. It certainly wasnt the last time at the [Betfred Cup] final here.

But this isnt my battle, it is for others to condemn. But for my small part in it, I take responsibility for it. I didnt react the first time, I did the second time.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon said: I dont know what Derek got sent off for, but, if that is the case, then there is no place for it.

I have ultimate respect for Derek McInnes, I view him as a friend and I think he is a great football manager and, if that is the case, then that is very disappointing, but I dont know the ins and out of that.

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