Evening Express

Aberdeen boss McInnes slams SFA appeals panel over Devlin decision

Aberdeen's Michael Devlin, left, is sent off by referee Craig Thomson.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has blasted the SFA appeals panel after they failed to overturn Mikey Devlin’s red card against Kilmarnock.

The centre-back will sit out the Dons’ game with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday after being given a straight red card by Craig Thomson against Killie on September 1.

Despite Devlin’s foul on Eamonn Brophy being 35 yards from goal and Shay Logan covering ref Thomson deemed it a goalscoring opportunity and sent Devlin off.

The Reds appealed but the decision was not overturned at the hearing last Wednesday.

McInnes felt that was the wrong decision and told Red TV: “It really angers me and saddens me that we can’t come to what for me was the only verdict.

“Referees make mistakes, we’ve been the victims of mistakes in the last couple of games and we get that.

“But when there is an appeal process there you would expect that to get to the right outcome.

“The last four or five of these appeal processes with different clubs there doesn’t seem to be that common sense conclusion.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, left, shakes hands with Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke.

“It goes right across the board, managers have a vested interest but I think supporters, journalists and people in the game have the same opinion.

“We’re all baffled by some of these decisions. It’s nothing about bias and I want to make that clear.

“I think every club gets punished or leeway at some point for me it’s the incompetence of these panels that calls it into question.

“Especially with the Devlin one for us. These appeal processes are like VAR for after the event so we can come to the right decision.

“But I just can’t for the life of me understand it with Michael being fouled in the first place and Shay Logan getting round and covering, I just felt it was an opportunity missed to make the right decision but it’s been pretty standard over the last wee while.

“It just means people lose confidence in the whole process and it will make you think twice about appealing in the future.

“It was so disappointing that we didn’t get Michael available.

“We have been punished by losing him after four minutes. We were punished for the Kilmarnock game and we are now getting punished for the St Johnstone game for something I think should have dealt with in the right manner.”

Meanwhile, McInnes is hopeful of having on-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson available for the trip to Perth.

Wilson has been working with Aberdeen’s physios during the international break to try to clear up a hamstring injury.

Scott McKenna returned to full training yesterday as he steps up his recovery from a torn hamstring suffered against Rangers on August 5.

Scott Wright, Tommie Hoban, Mark Reynolds and Greg Tansey will all miss the clash with Saints.