Motherwell confirm Stephen McManus red card appeal

Motherwell players, including Stephen McManus, compain to referee Willie Collum
Motherwell players disputed referee Willie Collum's decision against Aberdeen

Motherwell are confident they will be successful in their appeal against the red card shown to Stephen McManus during Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen.

A powerful Jonny Hayes drive cannoned off McManus on the goal-line in the final minutes at Fir Park and Adam Rooney scored the resulting penalty.

"I would expect the appeal panel to look favourably on this one," manager Ian Baraclough told his club website.

"There were plenty of cameras at the match that show clearly what happened."

Motherwell say the Scottish FA will hold a disciplinary hearing on Thursday.

Defender McManus was shown a straight red card by referee Willie Collum.

"Stephen cannot get out the way of it," said Baraclough. "The shot has been struck with such velocity.

"He has not put his hand out, but the ball has hit him at the top of the arm, in line with the shoulder."

Motherwell, sitting third bottom of the Scottish Premiership, next travel to face Dundee on Saturday.

"To be sent off for that, and subsequently miss games further down the line for us, would be a travesty," added Baraclough.

"To be fair, Willie has had to make a split-second decision. He doesn't get the benefit of a replay and, at times, referees get it wrong and you have to accept that.

"We're all human beings and we all make mistakes. It's no different to me as a manager making a wrong decision or a player taking the wrong option; it's part of the game."

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