Both Dundee United and Livingston have appealed the red cards that both teams had awarded to them in the recent Tannadice fixture between the teams.
United won the game at Tannadice 3-0, but the game was marred by two red cards that were shown by referee Nick Walsh. Both United’s Peter Pawlett and Livingston’s Jack Fitzwater were shown straight red cards in the game.
United boss was surprised by decision
United boss Micky Mellon spoke after the game about the red card given to Pawlett. He disclosed that both teams were surprised by the decision made by the referee.
“I’m too far away to be honest. But I looked at the reaction of the players, and it was a bit aghast. (It was) a hands in head moment. The two benches looked at each other and were surprised as well. I will try never to criticise referees because it’s a tough job” he said (The Courier).
Red card offences were different
The nature of the red card offences are slightly different, Pawlett was given his red card for a challenge on Jason Holt. Whilst Fitzwater was sent-off for a last man challenge on Ian Harkes.
As it stands, both men will miss their teams’ next games. For United that is Sunday’s trip to Ibrox to face Rangers. Whilst Fitzwater will miss Livingston’s trip to St Mirren on Saturday.
However, should the appeals proceed then both players will be available. That will be known later in the week, when the appeals are held by the SFA. However, both clubs must be confident about getting the decisions reversed, or they wouldn’t have appealed in the first place.