Aberdeen have confirmed that Graeme Shinnie will serve a four-match ban after their request for an appeal to be re-heard was dismissed.
Shinnie was sent off for serious foul play after a challenge on Ross County’s Jack Baldwin was reviewed by VAR last week.
The club appealed the decision but an independent tribunal upheld the referee’s decision and added an extra game’s suspension because they felt the appeal had little or no chance of succcess.
Aberdeen were critical of the decision and the process and asked the Scottish FA to bring the case before a new panel. That request has been denied, leaving the club unhappy and pledging to bring about change.
A club statement read: “Following our request to the Scottish FA for Graeme Shinnie’s appeal to be re-heard by a freshly constituted fast track tribunal, we have been informed that this has been dismissed.
“We now have no further recourse, so Graeme will miss the next four Scottish Premiership matches.
“We have taken the temperature of several Premiership clubs and will now pro-actively work with clubs and the Scottish FA to bring about sensible and positive governance changes for the benefit of Scottish football.
“Supporters, the lifeblood of our game, deserve to see a consistency and transparency in decision-making. Aberdeen FC is ready to play its part in a constructive and timely manner.”
Shinnie will miss Aberdeen’s match against Rangers on Sunday and his side’s first three fixtures after the Premiership split.