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Hearts Have No Appeal
Published : 11 Feb 2013 19:05:56
You have to judge when you will be successful in the battles you fight
Hearts will not be appealing against the red card shown to Ryan Stevenson during the 3-1 defeat by Dundee United on Saturday. Referee Willie Collum sent Stevenson off in the first-half for a foul when he caught winger Gary Mackay-Steven with a sliding studs-first tackle as he stretched to reach a loose ball. After the game, Hearts manager John McGlynn said: "According to Ryan, the lad says that he never touched him but that is the rulebook and he has to go with the rulebook. The players feel if you go into a tackle when you are on the ground you can hardly go with your studs on the ground." However, following re-evaluation of the situation, the club released a short statement which said: "Hearts can today reveal the club will not be appealing Ryan Stevenson's red card against Dundee United." Stevenson will now miss three SPL games; against Kilmarnock, Inverness and St Mirren. Last month, the former Ayr midfielder was handed a retrospective two-game ban by a SFA judicial panel for a challenge on Hibs captain James McPake, which Collum did not punish during the game.