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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Rangers' star 'career in Britain is over' admits agent after incredible bust up on pitch

Rangers player Bilel Mohsni reacts during an incident after the Scottish Premiership Play Off Final, second leg match at Fir Park, Motherwell
Rangers player Bilel Mohsni reacts during an incident after the Scottish Premiership Play Off Final, second leg match at Fir Park, Motherwell
Rangers player Bilel Mohsni reacts during an incident after the Scottish Premiership Play Off Final, second leg match at Fir Park, Motherwell

Bilel Mohsni's career in British football is "over" following his incredible Fir park bust-up, the Rangers defender's agent has admitted.

The Tunisia international sparked a mass brawl at full-time in the Scottish Premiership play-off final when he kicked and punched Motherwell's Lee Erwin.

The 27-year-old is out of contract and Rangers boss Stuart McCall confirmed he would be kicked out of Ibrox following his shock assault.

But now Mohsni's Paris-based representative - who has asked not to be named - claims he will struggle to land another UK club.

He told Press Association Sport: "He won't be staying at Rangers after that but I can't tell you where he is going to end up because I don't know.

"But he will leave the country, that's for sure now.

"Do I worry that this will put other clubs off taking a chance on him? The clubs in the UK, yes. Abroad is a bit different but his reputation in the UK has been altered now.

"His career in Britain is over. But that is the way it is."

Mohsni's violent reaction was triggered when Erwin shoved the former Southend player after his offer of a handshake had been refused.

Police Scotland is now set to investigate the incident but the player's agent claims Erwin must take his share of the blame.

"I had a quick few words with him yesterday after the game and we have exchanged messages," said the agent. "I've seen the incident and it is clear he has made a mistake. His reaction was wrong - there is no doubt about that.

"But I don't see any reason for the other guy to taunt him. It was a bit stupid. They had won the game. There was no point pushing Bilel. Just leave it.

 

 

"Bilel has lost the game, then the guy has pushed him from behind. What was he expecting?

"You can't forgive the reaction of Bilel but what should he have done? Obviously it has happened to Bilel which is unfortunate, but if it happened to somebody else, what would they have done?

"I fear for the boy [Mohsni] because it was not an appropriate reaction.

"But the frustration of the last few months of the season, the frustration of the defeat on top of the boy coming and pushing him in the back and you get what we saw yesterday."

He added: "For the people who know Bilel off the pitch, he is a very nice boy. But it is difficult to know what goes on in his mind sometimes.

"He has got to be able to deal with his frustration better. That's his problem.

"I've known him for many years. The potential is there, the quality is there. But he can switch off at times.

"Bilel regrets his reaction but he is an uncompromising and very straightforward man. He sometimes pays for that.

"He really wanted to win promotion and the frustration is huge. He also thinks he could have contributed more. He is devastated just now."

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