Three-game bans for Motherwell's Lasley & Robinson after appeals fail

Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley
Keith Lasley faces a three-match ban

Motherwell captain Keith Lasley and assistant manager Stephen Robinson will serve three-match bans after losing appeals against recent dismissals.

Midfielder Lasley, 36, was red-carded in the 4-1 defeat by Aberdeen on 30 April for a challenge on Kenny McLean.

Robinson was sent to the stand for arguing with fourth official Nick Walsh in the same match at Pittodrie.

The club challenged the decisions but a Scottish FA disciplinary tribunal upheld the dismissals.

Lasley, who is out of contract in the summer and in talks over a new deal at Fir Park, will miss Sunday's trip to Celtic Park and the first two games of next season - the ban extended due to it being the midfielder's second red card of the season.

Robinson will banned from the touchline for Motherwell's next three games.

The assistant manager was reported for "repeatedly adopting aggressive behaviour towards the fourth official, and repeatedly using offensive, abusing and insulting language".

Motherwell said on their website: "The club appealed Lasley's card, arguing that it did not meet Fifa's criteria for a Serious Foul Play judgment, defined as a player having far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring an opponent.

"The club was also able to showcase several examples from the same round of fixtures, even from the same game, where those criteria may have been met, but weren't punishable by a red card by Scottish officials and highlight our view the differences in each offence.

"However, the Judicial Panel were not satisfied that it could be proven that there was an obvious refereeing error, the cornerstone to any appeal, and the claim was dismissed."

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