Aberdeen have urged the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Professional Football League to devise a system whereby the reasons appeals by clubs against red cards are dismissed are explained.
The Dons are furious at the decision of the SFA’s judicial panel to dismiss their appeal against defender Mikey Devlin’s red card in Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to Kilmarnock.
Devlin was shown a red card after just four minutes for denying a goalscoring opportunity after Killie striker Eamonn Brophy went sprawling 40 yards from goal.
But, despite submitting an appeal which showed three different angles of the offence, all of which showed Brophy was the player fouling Devlin, an independent panel has failed to agree meaning the appeal has been thrown out and Devlin will miss his side’s trip to St Johnstone next weekend.
Aberdeen released a brief statement expressing their disappointment on Wednesday but the Press and Journal understands the Dons have expressed their dismay to both SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell and his SPFL counterpart Neil Doncaster and have called on the two bodies to implement a procedure which is more transparent.
The Dons have no recourse following the panel’s decision and are growing increasingly concerned the lack of clarity is leading to confusion for both clubs and more importantly supporters.
Devlin’s failed appeal comes a week after Killie defender Gary Dicker lost his appeal against a red card for a tackle in his side’s 1-0 loss to Hearts while Rangers were successful in appealing Alfredo Morelos’s red card against the Dons on the opening weekend of the season for kicking out at Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.