Sportscene pundits Neil McCann and Leanne Crichton have questioned Motherwell's claim that Liam Polworth's red card was the result of ‘mistaken identity’.

The Motherwell midfielder was shown at straight red card at Pittordrie with the Steelmen trailing 1-0.

Aberdeen eventually ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Tommie Hoban and Andy Considine, but the big talking point centered on Polworth's sending off early in the second half.

Referee Craig Napier

He was given his marching orders by referee Craig Napier for foul and abusive language as he lay injured on the ground, following a foul by Lewis Ferguson.

However, both former Rangers winger McCann and ex-Scotland women's international Crichton cast doubt on that explanation during last night's Sportscene.

Reviewing the footage, McCann said: "He’s not getting sent off (as the referee comes back to check on Polworth's injury) but all of a sudden he’s shown a straight red card.

Motherwell's Liam Polworth (R) exchanges words with referee Craig Napier as he is sent off

“When you watch Liam Polworth's reaction afterwards there’s not much protestation.”

And Crichton said: "To get sent off it’s got to be something pretty severe for the referee to make that decision.

“It looks as Craig Napier comes back that he’s just checking if he’s okay, so what ever has happened, it’s escalated.

“Polworth didn’t look too surprised but Graham Alexander will be so disappointed with that because it’s at a moment where they are still in the game.”

The result keeps Motherwell 11th in the Scottish Premiership and without a win in 13 games.

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