Hearts U-turn over Adam Eckersley red card appeal

Adam Eckersley will be banned for Hearts' matches against Raith and Cowdenbeath. Pic: John Devlin
Adam Eckersley will be banned for Hearts' matches against Raith and Cowdenbeath. Pic: John Devlin
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Hearts have had a rethink over plans to contest the two-game suspension offered to Adam Eckersley following his clash with Hibs midfielder Scott Allan in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

The left-back was yesterday served with a notice of complaint by the SFA’s compliance officer for breaching disciplinary rule 200 by head-butting his opponent in an altercation in the second minute of his side’s 2-0 defeat at Easter Road.

The club were last night preparing to contest the ban, as reported in today’s Evening News. However, after further discussions between Eckersley and head coach Robbie Neilson today, they have decided to accept the decision.

The Englishman will sit out Saturday’s home game against Raith Rovers and the trip to Cowdenbeath a week later. Eckersley, who will leave the club at the end of the season, will now have only one more chance to feature for Hearts, when they host Rangers in their last game of the campaign on Sunday, May 3.