Livingston manager David Martindale has confirmed he will appeal a touchline ban for his dismissal against Dundee United in midweek and admits he feels “hard done by” after being shown a red card.

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Martindale was sent to the stand in the wake of Livi midfielder Ben Williamson being shown a red, and the Livingston gaffer insists he never done anything to warrant it.

He’ll now face a stint in the stands but insisted he will fight his corner and try to clear his name after an apparent altercation with fourth official Lloyd Wilson.

“I am 100 per cent challenging it. I am going to vigorously defend myself because if I feel hard done by, I will defend my corner,” Martindale said.

“I wasn’t shouting abuse at all. All I was wanting to do was ask the linesman, who I really like, if it was a red card because he was in line with the ball. If he’d turned round to me and said ‘I think it was a red card’, I’d have gone and sat in my seat.

“I spoke to the linesman after the game and said ‘was I shouting at you?’ and he said ‘no, I never heard anything Davie, I had my earpiece in’.

 

“I was disappointed when I went into the changing room to speak to them after that the fourth official was adamant that I used offensive language but he wouldn’t tell me what offensive language I used because I’d have liked to have looked him in the eye.

“Ask anybody in this building, or anybody who’s come through this club, I don’t tell lies. I’m very honest. I can be harsh at times but I’ll take my medicine on the chin when I have to.

“I don’t abuse officials. Yes, I’m emotional and passionate but I don’t abuse people. I wouldn’t do that. I respect authority. I just feel a bit hard done by.”

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