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The Nigerian youngster has said the red card was as a result of being kicked incessantly without the referee’s protection

Imoh Ezekiel, Nigerian youngster and Standard Liege striker blotted his copybook in the Pro League in last Friday’s match against Gent, when he was shown a straight red card and Liege lost 2-1 at home.

The 18-year old striker who has scored four goals in six appearances for the former league champions was dismissed by referee Joeri Van De Velde in the 46th minute of the encounter for elbowing Gent's defender Rafael Scapini de Almeida.

But Ezekiel’s mentor, Gafar Liameed, and owner of 36 Lions, Ezekiel’s former club told Goal.com that; “Imoh [Ezekiel] was not trained like that”.

The youngster who transferred from 36 Lions in January has been in terrific form, scoring goals and he has also won five penalties for his team in the six-week old season.

“I spoke to him and he told me it was a mistake that will not happen again. But then I can understand his frustration being the target of harsh treatment from defenders,” said Liameed to Goal.com.

“His game will always attract kicking and under-hand tactics from defenders so he has to grow from being a boy to become a man in the game.

Normally Imoh [Ezekiel] is a cool boy and he really felt bad about the red card but that is football,” Liameed concluded.

Ezekiel will miss the matches against Mouscron-Peruwelz in the League Cup and Kortrijk, both away from home. Standard Liege once had Victor Ikpeba and Sunday Oliseh on their books.

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