Naismith escapes ban over Serbian elbow incident


As we stated on Saturday, Naismith could have face a violent conduct ban if the match delegate or referee had reported the incident. However, delegate Christian Schmolzer didn’t mention the incident in his report.

The Scottish Sun reported that Red Star Belgrade player Mijalovic did not believe that Naismith had done it deliberately and let him off the hook also.

Red Star Belgrade ace Mijalovic said: “In every match you play in, you have to use your elbows to gain height. Maybe he did not do it intentionally. These things happen in football.

“I think we gave Scotland a good battle in midfield. I was scared before the match because of the atmosphere, but I did the best I could. There will be a lot of tough matches like that in this group.”

Naismith is expected to keep his place for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia at Hampden, in a game which the Scots must win or face an uphill task in trying to qualify from the group.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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