Celtic’s Anthony Stokes unable to appeal one-match Scottish Cup ban

Anthony Stokes' conduct was included in the referee's report.
Anthony Stokes' conduct was included in the referee's report.© SNS Group

Anthony Stokes can not appeal a one-match ban handed down by the Scottish Football Association following an incident at the end of his team’s cup defeat to Hearts last weekend.

Referee Euan Norris included details of a post-match offence by the Celtic striker in his match report, after Hearts ran out 2-1 winners in the cup semi-final at Hampden.

Stokes was reported for using offensive language or gestures, an offence that carries a one match ban.

The player was informed by Norris he was to be mentioned in his match report at the time, a message which was then relayed to Celtic officials.

The suspension is to be served in the same competition, meaning Stokes will miss Celtic’s first match in next season’s tournament. The Glasgow club enter the cup in the fourth round.

The match at Hampden ended in controversy, with Celtic unhappy at the award of a penalty which Craig Beattie scored to win the game.

The club's manager and players also felt that a penalty should subsequently have been awarded for a handball by Hearts' Andy Webster in the dying minutes of the game.


Players can appeal red cards for wrongful dismissal in four of the six eventualities they can be sent off for.

The Scottish FA's protocol states: "In very exceptional cases, where it can be demonstrated that an obvious refereeing error has occurred, a player or his club may submit to Fast Track Proceedings a claim of Wrongful Dismissal in respect of the following offences:

"Serious foul play; violent conduct; spitting at an opponent or any other person; or denying the opposing team or an opponent a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity as defined by Law 12."

The sending off offence Stokes has been reported for, "offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures", is not covered and therefore can not be argued on a claim of wrongful dismissal.

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