Police are investigating an alleged headbutt by Rangers assistant coach Craig McPherson on Celtic girls’s supervisor Fran Alonso, it was introduced Wednesday (AEDT).
In footage proven by Sky Sports after the end of Monday’s Scottish Women’s Premier League draw between the Glasgow arch rivals, McPherson appeared to purpose a headbutt in the back of Alonso’s head because the gamers had been shaking palms.
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A Police Scotland spokesperson advised the BBC: “Inquiries to determine any criminality are at an early stage.”
Rangers had been on the point of victory at Broadwood, the ladies’s group’s residence floor, till Caitlin Hayes’s stoppage-time equaliser ensured the golf equipment would share the factors in a 1-1 draw.
Alonso, who has beforehand labored beneath Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino at Everton and Southampton respectively, advised Sky Sports he was known as a “little rat” because the footage was proven to him after the match.
“I don’t know. You can see there, any person pushed me from behind,” stated the 46-year-old Spaniard.
“I by no means talked to (McPherson) the entire recreation.
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“It’s clearly disappointing to concede a purpose within the final minute, I completely get it. But I don’t know.
“I used to be known as a ‘little rat’, I don’t know why.”
Rangers girls’s head coach Malky Thomson, requested in regards to the incident after the match, stated: “Without me seeing it in any respect, I don’t know that I can touch upon it.
“If that’s the case, then there might be an investigation and we’ll clearly take a look at it.”
Celtic and Rangers have dominated Scottish males’s soccer for many years, the Old Firm monopolising the home title for one of the best a part of 40 years.
Yet it’s the unbiased Glasgow City who lead the SWPL desk by six factors from Celtic, with third-placed Rangers, the reigning champions an additional level behind.
The males’s Old Firm fixture has witnessed quite a few violent clashes between rival followers fuelled by spiritual bigotry, with Rangers a predominantly Protestant membership and Celtic drawing the majority of its assist from Glasgow’s Catholic group.
But flare-ups between opposing teaching staffs have been uncommon.
Back in 2011, Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon and Rangers assistant Ally McCoist had been concerned in a livid touchline row after a Scottish Cup replay gained by Celtic, with workers members from either side making an attempt to drag them aside.
There was, nonetheless, no suggestion the pair had been concerned in a bodily altercation.
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