Hearts appeal as Neilson cited over Collum comments

Robbie Neilson claimed statistics showed referee Willie Collum was likely to send off a Hearts player at Hamilton
Robbie Neilson claimed statistics showed referee Willie Collum was likely to send off a Hearts player at Hamilton
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HEARTS will contest a notice of complaint served to head coach Robbie Neilson by the Scottish Football Association today.

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan has charged Neilson over his comments about referee Willie Collum after last month’s match at Hamilton, but the Edinburgh club are to challenge the decision.

The SFA state that Neilson “criticised the performance of the match officials in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence on their part”. He revealed at full-time at New Douglas Park that he had trained his squad to play with ten men because of the officials taking charge of the match, which Hearts lost 3-2.

Collum red-carded Hearts full-back Callum Paterson for serious foul play with the visitors 2-1 ahead, a decision later rescinded on appeal. Neilson stated at the time that Paterson was wrongly dismissed and was asked by McGlennan to explain his comments about Collum via email.

The SFA have received his reply and moved to charge him. Neilson has until next Tuesday, September 22, to respond but Hearts confirmed on their website that they will contest the matter.