Hibernian player banned for feigning injury

Date published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 3:18 - Rob Conlon

Francis Fyvie: Midfielder has accepted two-match ban

Hibernian midfielder Francis Fyvie has been handed a two-match suspension for feigning injury in a clash with Rangers.

Fyvie accepted the punishment from the Scottish Football Association after holding his face when Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday thrust his chest into Fyvie’s own chest during the home side’s 4-2 Ladbrokes Championship win at Ibrox on Monday.

Referee Bobby Madden showed a straight red card to the former Livingston, Middlesbrough and Bradford player.

The disciplinary charge stated that Fyvie had “committed an act of simulation in that you feigned that you had received a blow to the face or head from Andrew Halliday of Rangers FC”.

It continued: “That this act of simulation supported an error of judgement by the match referee that Andrew Halliday had headbutted you upon the face or head, and caused the match referee to make an incorrect decision to dismiss Andrew Halliday for the offence of violent conduct.”

The SFA confirmed it had received an appeal from Rangers for unfair dismissal, which will be heard on January 7, freeing Halliday to face Dumbarton on Saturday.

Halliday also appeared to kick out at Fyvie before moving his chest into the former Aberdeen midfielder.

Fyvie will miss the league and William Hill Scottish Cup double header against Raith Rovers.

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