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Celtic hit out at Scottish FA after Ryan Christie ban

Christie appeared to grab the Colombian’s testicles during the second-half of his side’s 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park on Sunday, December 29.

Banned: Ryan Christie
Banned: Ryan Christie

Celtic have accused the Scottish FA of a “worrying lack of consistency” after Ryan Christie was handed a suspension over an incident with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.

Christie appeared to grab the Colombian’s testicles during the second-half of his side’s 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park on Sunday, December 29.

He was given a two match ban but a previous red card means he will be suspended for three matches over the incident.

However, Celtic have issued a statement expressing their disappointment over the decision.

It said: “Celtic Football Club and Ryan Christie are extremely disappointed at the outcome of the hearing today.

“Given the recent treatment of Celtic players and the lack of sanctions being imposed on those responsible, the fact that a sanction has been imposed on Ryan for the incident in question demonstrates a worrying lack of consistency in the Scottish FA fast track process.

“Naturally, we will be contacting the Scottish FA regarding our concerns. Scottish football deserves a disciplinary process which is fair, consistent and fit for purpose.”

Christie will now miss the Scottish Cup tie with Partick Thistle on January 18 and the Premiership match against Kilmarnock four days later.

He will also miss the game against Ross County on January 25.

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