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Nadir Ciftci facing two match ban for violent conduct

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Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci has been issued with a notice of complaint for allegedly kicking Celtic captain Scott Brown in the head during Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie at Tannadice which ended 1-1.

The Turk faces a two match ban for violent conduct and has until Wednesday to respond to the charge with the hearing set for Thursday.

Already suspended for Sunday’s League Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden, if the striker accepts the two match ban then he will also miss out on the Scottish Cup replay on the 18th March and the league game thereafter against Celtic also.

The Scottish FA have also confirmed that they have received appeals against the red cards shown to Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton and Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

It is expected that Paton will see his appeal accepted following a case of mistaken identity against the Northern Irishman.

Both hearings will also be held on Thursday at a fast track tribunal.

Celtic meanwhile have criticised the Scottish FA for not taking action against Dundee United’s Calum Butcher who was involved in the incident which saw Van Dijk and Paton sent off.

A statement on the official Celtic website, read: “It seems completely illogical and fundamentally unfair that, in an incident where mistaken identity has been claimed, the Dundee United player now identified clearly as being involved in the incident appears to have no case to answer – and would be available to play in the League Cup final and the Scottish Cup replay between the two teams – while Celtic’s player may potentially miss both of those matches.

“Celtic Football Club and Virgil van Dijk maintain their position that no red card offence was committed by Virgil.”

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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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