Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic has been hit with a two-game competitive ban after his friendly red card was reported to the Swiss FA, per The Daily Record.
Simunovic saw red in his side’s 0-0 draw with St. Gallen and will now miss the opening two games of the Premiership season, despite the incident taking place in a pre-season friendly.
The defender will miss the matches against St. Johnstone and Motherwell next month as Celtic begin their title defence.
The 24-year-old was given his marching orders for a tackle The Daily Record described as a “reckless high boot” in the friendly match. The official, Fedayi San, has since reported the incident to the Swiss FA before it was passed to the Scottish authorities.
Simunovic has played all 180 minutes of the Champions League campaign thus far for Neil Lennon’s men and his impending ban won’t affect his availability for European action, but nonetheless fans are fuming about the ruling.
Here is what the Bhoys had to say on Twitter…
Shocker of a challenge to be fair, if those are the rules, so be it ?♂️
— FM77 (@Flymusic77) July 18, 2019
— David (@Davidkerr67hail) July 18, 2019
If this is a sign that there is going to be a massive clamp down on thuggery this season it is to be welcomed as teams try to kick us off the park week in week out. Not holding my breath though.
— Big G (@BigGMM76) July 18, 2019
Fair enough, that’s the rules and he broke them and your mans head.
— Balloondoor (@Balloondoor1) July 18, 2019
Think it is terrible that these games can carry red cards over, these games are not competitive, so cards should not carry over
— Alan Maclean (@alanmac68) July 18, 2019
For a sending off…In a friendly game? What has this got to do with domestic footbal?
— Jordan™ (@JordanCarlin8) July 18, 2019
Regardless of the replies to this, the deserves a ban for the ridiculousness of the challenge. The ball wasn’t there to be won with the head let alone his boot ?
Decent player but a bombscare at times!! So so rash!
— Gary Thomson (@garybhoytommo) July 18, 2019
A friendly against a team not in our league!!!how can a ban be given its not a domestic match therefor cannot be banned from domestic games
— phil stuart ??? (@philstuart2010) July 18, 2019