Jamie Walker has appeal over diving ban kicked out

Jamie Walker tumbles under the challenge of Celtic's Kieran Tierney
Jamie Walker tumbles under the challenge of Celtic's Kieran Tierney
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Hearts have failed to overturn the two-match suspension given to Jamie Walker for ‘an act of simulation’ following a hearing today.

The winger was offered the ban on Tuesday after SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan studied footage of a penalty won – and scored – by Walker in last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Celtic when he went down under a challenge by Celtic player Kieran Tierney.

Hearts launched a robust defence of their player, with head coach Robbie Neilson insisting there was no evidence to confirm that Tierney didn’t make contact with Walker in the box.

The incident during the first half at Tynecastle led to Hoops captain Scott Brown describing Walker as a “cheat” in an after-match interview.

Hearts’ appeal allowed Walker to play in last night’s League Cup defeat by St Johnstone – during which he scored another penalty – but he will now miss Saturday’s Premiership clash against Aberdeen at Pittodrie and the home match with Inverness seven days later.

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