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Mohsni makes quit threat as ban is increased

By Andy Newport

Published 19/06/2015

Meltdown: Bilel Mohsni strikes
Meltdown: Bilel Mohsni strikes

Former Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni claims he is prepared to walk away from football after being hit with a seven-game ban for his Motherwell meltdown.

And he also blasted former Gers boss Stuart McCall for failing to back him following his shock bust-up with Lee Erwin.

The Tunisia international was back in Glasgow yesterday to see his original four-game punishment extended by the Scottish Football Association's judicial panel at Hampden.

It was his first public appearance in Scotland since sparking a mass brawl at the final whistle after the Gers' humiliating 6-1 aggregate play-off final defeat when he punched and kicked Well striker Erwin.

He now faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines unless he moves to a league which does not adhere to bans in other countries. His agent has already admitted his career in the UK is "over".

But Mohsni admits he will give up the game completely if he cannot find a manager willing to take a chance on him.

Asked if feared for his career, the 27-year-old said: "You know what? I don't care anymore.

"If a manager trusts me, I will be happy to play for him. If no-one trusts me, it's okay. I will find a job and work."

Mohsni remains unrepentant for the attack which left Scottish football stunned.

He reacted with fury after Erwin, who has since signed for Leeds, pushed him in the back when his offer of a handshake following the crucial promotion decider on May 31 was snubbed.

The Gers defender, who has been released after his Ibrox contract expired, kicked his opponent before planting a punch into Erwin's face.

Referee Craig Thomson handed Mohsni a red card down in the tunnel after he was rushed off the field by members of the Rangers back-room staff.

Erwin, however, escaped with only a post-match booking.

Speaking after he was issued with an additional three-match ban for "committing excessive misconduct", he said: "I'm upset by this - even more by the fact I received seven games and Erwin received zero. It's very harsh, but this is life."

McCall - who has since been replaced by Mark Warburton - confirmed after the match that Mohsni would never play for the Ibrox side again.

But Mohsni said: "Ally McCoist trusted me and I did very well under him. I scored 12 goals from centre-back.

"But McCall didn't trust me, even when he didn't have the job. That was disappointing, very disappointing.

"He didn't think I was good enough to play for him. I played against Queen of the South when we lost 3-0 and he blamed me for the game. So I was like, 'Wow, this manager doesn't like me. Okay, no problem'.

"But when I heard what he said after the play-off, I was like 'Wow, wow, wow'. Normally every manager protects their player, whether they are wrong or not.

"Him? He didn't have a job and he was still like 'I'm not going to re-sign him'.

"After May 31 both of us were out of a job, so it was not his business to speak about me."

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