Hibs’ Kevin Thomson out for weeks if appeal fails

Kevin Thomson is shown a red card by referee Crawford Allan, with Gavin Gunning, who was also sent off, looking on. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Kevin Thomson is shown a red card by referee Crawford Allan, with Gavin Gunning, who was also sent off, looking on. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Hibs star Kevin Thomson could be ruled out of SPFL action until September 14 unless he wins the appeal against the red card he received during the club’s 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

The midfielder and United defender Gavin Gunning were ordered off by referee Crawford Allan after clashing midway though the second half, an incident which sparked a melee involving a number of other players and which could incur a two-match ban.

But while the Tannadice outfit feel neither player should have been shown any more than a yellow card, they have decided against appealing, stating: “Whilst the red card appeared harsh, the chance of it being overturned is low.”

Hibs, however, have decided to challenge the decision after reviewing footage of the clash and have paid £1000 to lodge an appeal. The SFA were notified of their intention ahead of yesterday’s deadline while that will be followed up by “footage together with ground for referral” which will be sent, as required, to the compliance 
officer later today.

The matter is likely to be considered by a fast-track tribunal on Thursday and if successful, Thomson will be free to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park as Hibs aim for their first win of the season.

But if Thomson fails, he will be hit by a two-match ban, which Gunning has already accepted, meaning he’d miss both the trip to Ayrshire and the visit of bogey team Ross County the following weekend.

However, the next week’s SPFL action has been suspended to make way for Scotland’s latest World Cup qualifying match against Belgium, meaning Thomson wouldn’t pull on a green-and-white jersey until Hibs travel to face St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday, September 14.

Meanwhile, Hibs Under-20s will be seeking a third successive SPFL win when they face St Mirren at Livingston’s Energy Assets Arena tonight (kick-off 7pm) and are in action again tomorrow, taking on Burntisland Shipyard in the East of Scotland qualifying league at the Fife town’s Recreation Park (kick-off 7pm).