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Motherwell's Kieran Kennedy shares his thoughts on Celtic’s Kazim-Richards

Motherwell lost 2-1 at home to Celtic at the weekend.

Motherwell’s Kieran Kennedy says controversial Celtic ace Colin Kazim-Richards should have been sent off during their latest encounter at Fir Park, the Herald Scotland reports.

The two players were involved in an altercation during Celtic’s 2-1 win over Motherwell in an incident late in the game which could have subsequently had huge implications on the final result.

As the players came together, Kazim-Richards grabbed Kennedy by the throat and appeared to push the defender in the face, yet he escaped action when summoned by the official.

Speaking about the incident post-match, Kennedy feels his opponent was fortunate to escape a red card.

"I think if the ref had seen it he would probably have been sent off. It didn’t bother me. It happens in football. There are tussles and heated games,” Kennedy told Herald Scotland.

“But I think if the ref saw that he clearly grabbed me around the neck. I raised my hands as well. It’s one of them. I saw him push one of the lads, so I came in and everyone was pumped and going for it.

“The referee said to us; 'Anymore of that and you’re off.' I was thinking 'I haven’t put my hands around his throat'. He clearly didn’t see it because, if he did, he is off. It has to be questioned why the linesman hasn’t seen it either.”

Celtic’s Kazim-Richards was substituted soon after the incident by his manager Ronny Deila, and to rub salt into the wounds the Scottish Premiership leaders scored late on to wrap up a 2-1 win.

The victory moves the Hoops closer to a fifth successive Premiership title, though attentions this week will move their attention away from the league and to the Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Rangers.

Kazim-Richards is a controversial figure and had he been sent off at Fir Park, he would have almost certainly missed the chance to face Old Firm rivals Rangers with a minimum one-game suspension.

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