Hearts have appealed the red card shown to Peter Haring in their 2-2 draw with St Mirren, and hope to have him available to face Aberdeen this weekend.
Haring was dismissed in the second half of the Premiership match in Paisley on Saturday after a challenge on St Mirren’s Mark O’Hara.
Referee David Dickinson thought the challenge merited dismissal for serious foul play and a VAR review upheld the decision.
Hearts believe that’s the wrong call and want the incident reviewed by an independent panel.
Following the game, Hearts interim manager Steven Naismith said he felt the referee got three major calls wrong, with the red card only one of them.
“At the red card, VAR is involved in that but I personally disagreed with it,” he said.
“I thought it was a foul to stop the game from a counter-attack. It was right in front of me, I didn’t think it was aggressive or even the speed I don’t think is excessive.
“The foul for the second (St Mirren) goal, I don’t agree with. I’m fortunate enough to have seen it again. Hilly (James Hill) just goes and wins the ball but yet we get given a foul against us and it cost us.
“I think we could also have had a penalty. This is our footage but I can see a clear pull on Peter Haring who is going into the area where the ball is going. I said last week I was frustrated (with the match officials) and I’m frustrated again this week because of a lack of consistency.
“The ref was really good at the end of the game, allowing me to speak to him and have a discussion and a conversation about it which is fine. I get his point of view and his team’s point of view but it doesn’t help us (in the chase) for three points.”
St Mirren had taken a two-goal lead into half time after Joe Shaugnessy put his side in front and Ryan Strain doubled the advantage with a free-kick.
Josh Ginnelly pulled a goal back after the break before Haring was sent off and Lawrence Shankland hit the equaliser from the penalty spot in the final seconds of the game.
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