Hibs defender Rocky Bushiri cited by SFA for playing when suspended

The Easter Road club have already forfeited a match and been fined over the incident.

Hibs defender Rocky Bushiri cited by Scottish FA for playing when suspended SNS Group

Hibernian defender Rocky Bushiri has been served with a notice of complaint from the Scottish Football Association’s compliance officer after playing in a match while suspended.

The Belgian was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes of Wednesday’s Premier Sports Cup match against Morton even though he should have been serving a one-match ban after picking up bookings in each of the previous two matches in the tournament against Falkirk and Bonnyrigg.

Hibs drew the match 1-1 and then lost on penalties but the result was switched to a 3-0 defeat on Thursday after the Scottish Professional Football League established that the player was ineligible.

It has subsequently emerged that Bushiri himself faces punishment after being cited for breaching rule 208 which states: “No player or member of Team Staff shall breach a suspension and no club or Football Academy shall allow a player or member of Team Staff to breach a suspension.”

Bushiri will be the subject of a hearing on Thursday, August 11.