BRAD McKAY insists he bears no ill-feeling towards Tam Scobbie over the headbutt which landed the St Johnstone defender a two-match suspension.
The Hearts player stressed he would never go down because of a headbutt, although he joked that he has been hit harder by his eight-year-old sister.
The Scottish Football Association issued Scobbie a two-game ban on Wednesday for his part in a melee during Hearts’ 3-3 draw at McDiarmid Park last week. St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus and Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson were red carded for violent conduct at the time, but SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny spotted Scobbie’s attempted headbutt on McKay using video evidence.
“At the time, I wasn’t sure if he just ran into me or if it was a headbutt. My initial reaction isn’t to go down to a headbutt,” said McKay today.
“I have a brawl with my wee brother now and then. My wee sister is eight and I’ve been hit harder by her. It wasn’t exactly something that was going to put me on the ground. If it was intentional then he deserves the punishment.
“It was a difficult one for the referee and his officials because there was so much going on. It was a sly one so, if he gets punished for it, so be it. I wasn’t going to go down because I’m not the kind of guy who does that. It didn’t hurt.
“These things happen in football. When we line up to play St Johnstone again, I’ll shake his hand and we’ll get on with the game.”
Meanwhile, St Johnstone have succeeded in overturning Steven Anderson’s red card against Hearts.
The centre-back was sent off for a foul on Dale Carrick during Saturday’s 3-3 draw, which referee Brian Colvin deemed to have denied the Hearts forward an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
But the punishment has been downgraded to a yellow card for unsporting conduct for deliberately playing an opponent’s legs.
The Scottish Football Association disciplinary tribunal’s decision means Anderson will be free to face Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership on Monday night.