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Bowman: There was no malice, Cardoso's head hit my elbow

The Rangers defender suffered a broken nose after a clash with the Motherwell striker.

Ryan Bowman insists he did not intend to hurt Fabio Cardoso despite the Rangers defender suffering a broken nose in the League Cup semi-final clash.

The Motherwell striker was involved in two incidents where he appeared to elbow the Portuguese defender, with the second leading to a hotly contested flash point in the game.

He escaped punishment for the clash that left Cardoso with a broken and swollen nose, which in turn incensed Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha.

His complaints from the technical area led to both Caixinha and Motherwell manager Steve Robinson being sent to the stand.

Bowman was only shown a yellow card for the initial clash in the sixth minute but the Englishman felt that was the right decision by referee Steven McLean.

"It's the way I jump," he said after the game. "I use my elbows for leverage, most strikers do that.

"I've out-jumped him but his head hit my elbow. The first one is a yellow card.

"The second one, it's one of them, it happens in football all the time. But it's how I jump. I haven't intended to hurt him."

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