Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi was shown red for an aggressive challenge on Hibernian’s Josh Doig with only 49 seconds played.
It was during a Scottish cup quarter final match on Sunday
Motherwell 0-0 Hibernian
– Bevis Mugabi sent off for a lunging tackle in the first minute.
– Roberts and Ojala with two huge close-range chances denied.
– Kelly with an incredible one-handed save to deny Wright from distance.
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This was Mugabi’s second red card since joining Motherwell in 2019 with the first one coming against Hapoel Beer Sheva in last season’s Europa League.
Motherwell coach Graham Alexander declined to be drawn on whether Mugabi deserved to be sent off.
“It was a difficult start, I have no opinion on the red card. I see challenges, I see players bumping referees, manhandling them and adding fuel to the fire just like the last time we played Hibs (Hibernian) here but nothing’s done so that’s all I can say.” Alexander said.
“ Bevis was distraught. He was back in the team and wanting to do well and he’s totally devastated. He’s apologised to me and to his team-mates. It was a long time to play with ten men but I was proud of my team,” He added.
Mugabi was making a return to the starting team having been on a bench during the previous game against Dundee.
Motherwell came into the game targeting to reach the Cup final for the first time since 2017/18 but conceded twice before the 36 minute mark and pulled one back at the stroke of halftime.
Mugabi has played 27 games for Motherwell this season, scoring two goals, making one assist and getting five yellow cards.