Hearts lose Kevin McHattie red card appeal

Hearts' Kevin McHattie walks off after receiving his red card as coach, Billy Brown, right, holds his head.
Hearts' Kevin McHattie walks off after receiving his red card as coach, Billy Brown, right, holds his head.
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HEARTS have lost their appeal of Kevin McHattie’s red card.

The appeal was this morning dismissed by the SFA’s judicial panel.

The left back was given a red card in last weekend’s 2-1 home victory against Aberdeen. Referee Alan Muir then awarded the Dons a penalty from which Niall McGinn scored in the 68th minute to bring the SPFL encounter level at 1-1 and the Jambos with ten men.

But despair for the club turned to joy as Jordan McGhee popped up at the back post late on to seal a dramatic victory.

McHattie will now serve a one match ban, meaning he will miss Saturday’s trip to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Speaking to the club’s website, Hearts manager Gary Locke said: “I’m very disappointed at the outcome. We have to take it on the chin and move on. At least I know who is out for the weekend – Kevin and Danny Wilson are now suspended. I’ll have to look at things in terms of shaping a team.”