THE men in black are coming under fire in this week’s Buddie Banter ... with fuming fans claiming that St Mirren striker Lewis Guy was the victim of rough justice when he was sent off against Inverness Caley Thistle.
Referee Steven McLean handed Guy a slightly earlier bath than the rest of his team-mates after he was involved in a 93rd-minute tussle with Caley ace Ross Draper.
In a bid to make a quick restart following the Darren McGregor injury-time equaliser for Saints during the 2-2 draw, Guy punched the ball out of Draper’s hands.
However, whistler McLean decided that the former MK Dons hitman was guilty of violent conduct.
As a result, Guy is now facing a two-match suspension, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Dens Park to face SPL new boys Dundee.
There is footage of the incident floating around the internet but, as it is not from an official source, St Mirren weren’t able to use it as part of any appeal procedure.
That left club bosses to bite the bullet and accept Guy’s ban.
However, Saints fans are unhappy that Guy is being punished for what they feel was little more than ‘handbags at 10 paces’.
Ciara Daly (@ciaradaly) Tweeted this message: “So Lewis Guy is innocent and there’s footage to prove it but, because its not BBC footage, we can’t appeal the red card. Raging!”
Paula Doran (@polawola) saw the tape and isn’t happy with Draper, who she has accused of going to ground far too easily.
She said: “I saw the incident the cameras missed at St Mirren Park. Ross Draper, hang your head in shame!”
Overall, though, the Saints fans seemed mightily pleased with their new striker’s contribution.
Guy scored the opening goal after 32 minutes before Caley hit back with two second-half strikes.
Kevin Alexander (@SlideRulePass) tweeted this message: “Lewis Guy makes an impression for St Mirren on his debut – scores and gets sent off!”
Douglas McNeil (@DouglasMcNeil) added: “Lewis Guy with a debut goal after good work from Gary Teale. Rumours of a move to Rangers were just talk. Teale’s happy at St Mirren. He really enjoyed last season.”
Talking of Teale, there has been plenty of praise for the former Scotland star after his performance against Inverness.
Teale supplied the pass to Paul McGowan which eventually led to Guy’s first-half opener and also popped up on the line to make a crucial clearance, which denied the visitors a goal.
Murray Hughes (@muz1881) said: “Gary Teale appeared to have a good game and Lewis Guy looks a decent player.”
Meanwhile, Black & White Army (@bawarmy) chipped in to praise goal-scoring hero McGregor.
He said: “Brilliant to see Darren McGregor back to his best.
“His goal capped off a fine performance.”
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