Aberdeen release furious statement ahead of Celtic Park clash; upset with Scottish FA
Aberdeen have been left ‘bitterly disappointed’ that the Scottish FA did not allow them to appeal a Funso Ojo sending off that will see the player miss out on this weekend’s match at Celtic Park.
Ojo was pushed by a spectator at Tannadice last week before being bizarrely sent off by Bobby Madden, who showed a second yellow card.
Due to the fact it was a second yellow and not a straight red, the Dons were unable to appeal through traditional channels. However, they had hoped the SFA would see common sense ahead of the Celtic clash.
A club statement today read [Press & Journal]: “Aberdeen Football Club is bitterly disappointed it has not been given a right to appeal after Funso Ojo was mistakenly sent off at the Dundee United game on Saturday November 20. The club believes the governing body failed to show any flexibility, considering the options they had at their disposal to right this wrong.
“AFC deliberated with the SFA late into Tuesday this week before a final decision was made. The club did not ask for the yellow card to be immediately rescinded, but merely asked for the right to appeal to the Judicial Panel under what would have to be an emergency rule amendment.
“The club believes that the SFA can take steps to amend their own rules and regulations where there is a genuine public interest to do so and to correct what was seen to be a miscarriage of justice.
“In AFC’s opinion, the SFA could have used their discretion to either amend the wording of the rule concerning mistaken identity to capture this rare situation or to insert a new rule to allow an appeal for a wrongful caution, which resulted in a sending off. The rule could have been drafted in a manner that only allows appeals in the rarest of circumstances, like Ojo’s.”
Ojo will now be unavailable for this weekend’s match against Celtic which is undoubtedly a blow to Stephen Glass.
Ojo has been a regular for Aberdeen this season, with his versatility coming in very useful week to week, playing in a number of defensive and midfield positions. He’s made 18 appearances in total for the Pittodrie club.
The fixture is a crucial one for Celtic, who cannot afford to cede more ground to league leaders Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.