Aberdeen have branded the SFA fast-track disciplinary panel’s reasons for failing to overturn Mikey Devlin’s red card against Kilmarnock unacceptable.
Devlin was adjudged by referee Craig Thomson to have pulled down Killie’s Eamonn Brophy at Pittodrie before the international break and was dismissed.
Thomson ruled he’d prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity despite the Dons arguing Brophy had pulled Devlin’s shirt first, and that it was too far from goal with Shay Logan in a position to get across to cover.
Despite video evidence presented by Aberdeen, the SFA’s fast-track disciplinary panel backed Thomson, saying he had made “no clear error”.
However, a Reds statement today said: “The club maintains its view that the player was wrongfully dismissed, that the evidence presented was a robust defence and was overwhelmingly compelling in the player’s favour.
“In light of recent decisions taken by the SFA, the club believes it is imperative for the country’s football authorities to establish consistency and transparency in the appeal and referral process and will engage in dialogue with the SPFL in this regard to seek their assistance.”
Aberdeen said they had a shared cause with other Scottish clubs who have found “key appeal and referral decisions” this term “perplexing”, and went as far as to say VAR (video assistant referee) trials in England need to be watched closely in Scotland if “stakeholders in the game are going to regain trust in the process”.
Read the statement in full here: https://www.afc.co.uk/2018/09/14/club-statement-20/