Hearts and Hibs won’t appeal bans

Lewis Stevenson and Jamie Walker square up
Lewis Stevenson and Jamie Walker square up
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Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Hibs left-back Lewis Stevenson will miss their respective teams’ next two matches after the two Capital clubs decided not to appeal against sanctions handed down in the wake of their Edinburgh derby bust-up.

The two players clashed towards the end of Sunday’s match when Stevenson dug his foot into Walker’s calf and the Hearts player responded by going head-to-head with his opponent.

Match referee Willie Collum did not deem the incident worthy of action in real time but, after reviewing footage, the SFA’s compliance officer served notices of complaint yesterday, offering both players immediate two-match bans.

Walker was deemed to have carried out “violent conduct by headbutting or attempting to headbutt an opposing player, namely Lewis Stevenson.”

Stevenson was adjudged to have been guilty of “serious foul play by stamping or attempting to stamp on an opposing player, namely Jamie Walker.”

Both clubs had until 3pm today to contest the charge, but have already indicated that they are willing to accept the suspensions handed down.

Hearts said on their website: “The club has accepted the offer of a two-game ban and will not be appealing.”

Similarly, a statement on Hibs’ website read: “Hibernian can confirm the club will not be contesting against the notice of complaint issued against Lewis Stevenson following Sunday’s Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.”

Walker, who has already served a one-game ban this season, will now sit out tonight’s Petrofac Training Cup clash at Livingston and Saturday’s Championship trip to Raith.

Stevenson will miss Hibs’ Championship encounter with Falkirk at Easter Road on Saturday as well as next Wednesday’s League Cup tie at home to Dumbarton.