COMPLIANCE OFFICER Clare Whyte has offered Hibs defender Darnell Johnson a two-match ban for his shocking challenge on Celtic star Emilio Izaguirre in the Premiership match at Celtic Park on Wednesday evening.
The news emerged this evening on the Scottish FA’s website – see HERE.
The on-loan Leicester City centre-back clashed with Izaguirre late in the game and the Celtic full-back was carried off on a stretcher after a long delay in play. Jonny Hayes came on to replace the Honduran international.
Johnson was booked at the time by match referee Craig Thomson.
The citation states that Johnson breached Disciplinary Rule 200, which results in action being taken “where any one of the sending off offences of (A1) serious foul play, (A2) violent conduct, and (A3) spitting at an opponent or other person is committed by a player at a match, but that sending off offence was not seen by any of the match officials at the time that it was committed.”
The mandatory suspension for the sending-off offence is then applied as per the Judicial Panel Protocol.
It used to be the case that, if a referee took action during a match – i.e. cautioning a player for a challenge – the incident was deemed to have been dealt with.
However, Johnson is now facing a two-match ban with Hibs having until Monday to appeal. A fast-track tribunal hearing is set for Tuesday 12 February, clearing the defender to face Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup tomorrow.
Meanwhile as we have already reported on The Celtic Star, the Rangers keeper Allan McGregor at long last has been pulled up by the SFA and faces a two match ban while Celtic Star Jozo Simunovic is in the clear despite a Me Too campaign in the media to try to drag Celtic into the Ibrox thuggery at Pittodrie.
Morelos will know his fate shortly.
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