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Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni faces further sanction

By Robert Jones

Published 03/06/2015

Hitting out: Bilel Mohsni strikes Motherwell’s Lee Erwin
Hitting out: Bilel Mohsni strikes Motherwell’s Lee Erwin

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has been issued with a notice of complaint and could face a long ban following his violent behaviour at Motherwell.

The Scottish Football Association have opened proceedings against the French-born Tunisian two days after he sparked a mass brawl at the end of Sunday's Scottish Premiership play-off final second leg by kicking and punching opponent Lee Erwin.

He was sent off after the final whistle at Fir Park and has now been punished with an initial four-game ban.

However, he faces further sanction by Hampden disciplinary bosses after they charged him with "excessive misconduct by committing sending-off offences of violent conduct".

Motherwell duo Lionel Ainsworth and Craig Moore have accepted two-match bans for their part in the fracas.

It was also reported on Sunday that Erwin - who pushed Mohsni when his offer of a handshake was snubbed, triggering the Gers player's wild flurry - and team-mate Fraser Kerr were also sent off after the match.

But it has now emerged Erwin was only shown a yellow card by referee Craig Thomson for "adopting an aggressive attitude" and will face no further punishment.

A principal hearing has been set for June 18, and Mohsni has until 3.00pm on June 9 to respond to the complaint.

Meanwhile, former Brentford boss Mark Warburton has held informal talks about the manager's job at Ibrox.

Warburton, who led the Bees into the SkyBet Championship play-offs, has a familiar face as his assistant - former Gers skipper David Weir.

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