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Aberdeen Release Statement Putting More Pressure on SFA Over Disciplinary Decisions

Aberdeen Release Statement Putting More Pressure on SFA Over Disciplinary Decisions

Aberdeen have released a statement putting more pressure on the SFA over their handling of disciplinary decisions.

The Scottish governing body has come in for a lot of criticism this month after they decided not to retrospectively punish Allan McGregor for a kick on Kristoffer Ajer during the Celtic v Rangers game.

That’s raised more questions over the decision-making involved in the process of reviewing these incidents.

Apparently, it’s three former referees who looked at that incident and couldn’t come to a unanimous decision over whether or not it should be punished.

And that led to both Brendan Rodgers and Craig Gordon questioning the current process yesterday.

Aberdeen have previously been critical of the SFA for their decision not to reverse a Michael Devlin red card against Kilmarnock at the start of September.

They then released their reasons for rejecting Aberdeen’s appeal yesterday – but the Dons have hit back at the SFA, deeming those reasons ‘unacceptable’ in a statement.

Published via afc.co.uk, Aberdeen said: “Aberdeen FC finds the explanation provided by the SFA in relation to the Michael Devlin red card appeal unacceptable.

“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.

“Furthermore, at a time when technology is making a significant and positive impact across sport, the club believes that the impact of the VAR system trials in the English Premier League need to be considered if stakeholders in the game are going to regain trust in the process.

“AFC is aware that the views we have expressed are held by many who have found key appeal and referral decisions this year perplexing and want to see the governing body dealing with this proactively, with a consistent and transparent appeals process high up on the agenda.

“Doing so would enhance the game’s integrity, greatly assist referees, improve the game for fans and, ultimately, the perception of Scottish football.”

This puts more pressure on the SFA to review their appeals process and make it more transparent for the whole of Scottish football.

If another controversial decision goes by again this weekend then it could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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