Dundee United have announced that they will be fighting the notice of complaint imposed on striker Nadir Ciftci after he was charged with violent conduct during Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie.
Replays showed that the Turkish striker had kicked Celtic skipper Scott Brown in the head following a strong tackle during the first half,which led to two red cards being shown to Virgil van Dijk and Paul Paton.
In a statement via their official website, a United spokesperson said: “Dundee United confirms that it has declined the fixed suspension offer in relation to the Notice of Complaint issued to Nadir Ciftci following an alleged breach of Disciplinary Rule 200 at the Dundee United v Celtic game on Sunday, 8th March 2015.
“Nadir will appear at Hampden to put his case on Thursday and the Club will fully support him in this appeal.”
Ciftci is already suspended for Sunday’s League Cup final against Celtic and could be banned for the Scottish Cup replay against Celtic and the league game against the Scottish champions if a two match ban is imposed.
The Tannadice side have also appealed against the red card shown to midfielder Paul Paton in what was a clear case of mistaken identity, with the match officials getting him confused with team-mate Callum Butcher.