Aberdeen have slammed the Scottish FA for refusing them the right to appeal Funso Ojo’s red card for being pushed by a Dundee United fan during last weekend’s clash at Tannadice – saying they are “dismayed” by the governing bodies failure to take a “common-sense approach”.
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Ojo was shown a second yellow card after he was pushed by a Dundee United fan, meaning the Arabs couldn’t appeal the decision as the rules only allow appeals against straight red cards.
Steven Gunn, Director of Football at Pittodrie, has taken aim at the SFA’s lack of flexibility as they revealed talks went on until Tuesday as the Dons’ tried to clear Ojo’s name and avoid a hugely unfair suspension for the Belgian.
“As we understand it,” Gunn said, “the Referee and the SFA’s Head of Refereeing Operations, immediately after seeing replays of the footage, recognised that the Referee had been mistakenly advised by his assistant referee that it was Funso that had pushed a spectator rather than the other way around. As a result, Funso was given a second caution. Pushing a spectator is, in fact, a sending-off offence which would have given us a right of appeal.
“We don’t doubt that, had the Referee been aware of the correct facts, he would have taken every step to protect Funso given the circumstances. The Club fully recognises that mistakes happen.
“We are dismayed that the Scottish FA, despite their sympathy with the Club and the player, have not taken a common-sense approach, that in this case would have been unlikely to be disputed by anyone in football. They have instead chosen to stick rigidly to the rules which prevent any meaningful discussion to remedy this when we believe it would have been within their discretionary powers to do so.”
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