Saul’s ban ‘disproportionate’

Rayo Vallecano sporting director Felipe Minambres has criticised the Competition Committee for their decision to ban Saul Niguez for two further games.

The youngster was confirmed yesterday by the Spanish Football Federation’s Competition Committee as having had an automatic one-game ban for his sending off at the weekend against Almeria extended by a further two matches.

This decision was explained as the player’s continued arguments with the referee, in believing that his second booking of the game was actually his first.

For the confusion over the in-game incident, Rayo’s sporting director has confirmed that the club will be appealing.

“The punishment is disproportionate and unjust,” Minambres reflected on Cadena Ser this week.

“We are very surprised by what has happened. There was no insult or contempt from the player.

“On the subject of the second yellow card, there was confusion and he wanted to say so to the referee,

“To ban him for two more games is overkill, the Committee are shooting flies with a cannon.

“What was missing [from the referee’s report] is the dialogue from the referee to explain to Saul that he had already been booked, but the player did not find this out.”

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