'Leg-breaking' tackle: Call for action against Aberdeen as Christian Ramirez social media storm addressed

Ross County manager Malky Mackay has called on the Scottish FA compliance officer to take action after his side's 1-1 draw against Aberdeen.

Aberdeen's Leighton Clarkson is booked for a challenge on Ross County's Callum Johnson.
Aberdeen's Leighton Clarkson is booked for a challenge on Ross County's Callum Johnson.

The Dons thought Luis Lopes had sealed three points for them with his 88th-minute goal, only for William Akio to equalise with the last touch of the game.

Mackay's focus was on an earlier incident, though, when Aberdeen midfielder Leighton Clarkson was booked for a challenge on Callum Johnson.

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The Staggies boss felt it should have been a sending off, and after two of his players were shown retrospective red cards against Kilmarnock he is looking for consistency now.

"I've watched it back and, for me, the tackle was a leg-breaker," Mackay said. "I've spoken to the referee to let him know that I will be looking to see what the compliance officer does.

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"We've come off the back of a couple of difficult weeks in the compliance side of the game, with our two players who were cited and retrospectively sent off. Then at Ibrox, we had a decision not to have had a man (James Sands) sent off against us.

"Today there's another one that's glaring. I'm just looking for consistency. Unless the compliance officer gets someone to sit down and watch all six games, all 90 minutes, on a Sunday evening then I don't see how people can be cited because things are missed and it can't just be on Saturday and Sunday night TV programmes.

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"The referee was good but that was a really poor challenge and if they had gone to 10 men after 56 minutes, it would have changed the dynamic of the game.

"I'll wait to see what happens but I'll probably speak to (ref's chief) Crawford Allan on Monday."

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Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin, meanwhile, was left disappointed that his side could not hold on for victory after taking the lead so late on.

"I was thinking it was job done and to lose a goal in the last 30 seconds makes it tougher," Goodwin added.

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"We don't go away from home thinking it will be easy, but when you score so late (a draw) feels like a defeat. We got a point but we should have had another two.

"One of our boys misses his clearance which is unfortunate. Jayden Richardson is in a good position but his foot slipped as he was about to push off to make the clearance.

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"It was a catalogue of errors for the goal - scruffy and avoidable."

Meanwhile, Goodwin addressed the situation with out-of-favour American striker Christian Ramirez, who vented frustration on deadline day about his lack of game-time.

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Amid reported interest from Hearts, Ramirez tweeted: "Make it make sense please. There are two sides to every story. That’s all for now." The post was deleted soon after and then his social media accounts were shut down.

On Ramirez, who was omitted once again in Dingwall, Goodwin said: "There's not a great deal to say. Yes, there is an internal process.

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"We're disappointed with what went on social media. We felt it was unnecessary and Christian has apologised for his part in that.

"So there's no big drama. At the moment, Bojan Miovski's played well, Duk has been incredible and there's a couple of players ahead of Christian at the moment.

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"But if Christian knuckles down and works hard, then we know what a quality striker we've got. Windows are open in Europe until the 5th or 6th of September so we'll wait and see what happens.

"At the end of the day, Christian wants to play regularly. He's used to doing that through his career and is at an age now where he's got a wife and kids and people depending on him. He's in the last year of his contract.

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"We've all been there as ex-players and know the pressure that are involved in it. I've said the same thing to Christian that I;ve said to all the players who aren't in the starting XI: Work hard, knuckle down in training and be ready if and when that opportunity comes."