For me its where do you draw the line for lateness as to when it becomes "excessive force". Even still another example is when a player pushes another player and the ball is not even in play. You could argue that was "excessive force" applying the same principle as ...
In fairness I see both sides to it. It's probably about as orange as it gets. In theory, I stand by my response. In practice, it depends on the temperature of the game and the reaction of the players. He's getting a card no doubt about it. The rest depends on the 'on the day' circumstances
The FA / PGMOL have told referees to sanction such challenges as red cards, although this game was obviously in Scotland. Examples have included Rooney and Xhaka, plus a couple of others that I can't remember the details of.
If you caution here for a reckless challenge you are, in effect, saying that it was an attempt to win the ball. It was nothing of the sort, the ball is nowhere near and it can only be an attempt to kick the opponent. Granted it wasn't an especially forceful kick, but it was still intentionally kicking an opponent when the ball was not playable.
That’s OTT RR, there are mis timed kicks and cynical fouls all over the pitch that you could use that argument for. It’s a cynical foul, that’s it, yes, it’s a bit naughty and orange at very best. Red, nah, needs to do a bit more than that for me to be walking!
I struggle to see how you could claim excessive force or endangering the players safety there. It's a trip only (a kick would be a different matter) and definitely deserving of a yellow, and it's so incredibly cynical that I do understand why it could "feel" like a red, but I can't justify red based on the LOTG, so yellow it is for me.
For me the player didn't even challenge for the ball and on a Saturday in Glasgow Green I'd be handing out the RC for this although that is why I posted here as the referee gave a yellow (and a lot of you here would also give the yellow). I just struggle to see how it can be considered a challenge for the ball.
This reminds me of the sending off v Aston Villa from a few weeks ago. That was rescinded but I still maintain the argument that this endangers the player's safety - there is no intention to play the ball, given the momentum I think it's a very, very easy sell here.