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Andrew Halliday red card rescinded to yellow

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Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday’s has seen the red card shown to him against Hibernian reduced to a yellow following a successful appeal to the Scottish FA.

Referee Bobby Madden sent off Halliday during Rangers’ 4-2 win over Hibernian at Ibrox last month after he was adjudged to have headbutted midfielder Fraser Fyvie.

TV footage showed Fyvie fall backwards clutching his face with Rangers claiming that the Hibs midfielder was deliberately trying to get Halliday sent off by conning the referee.

Fyvie was handed a two-match ban by the Scottish FA Compliance officer, after he 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’.

A statement published on the Rangers website, read: “The red card shown to Andy Halliday in last week’s 4-2 victory over Hibernian has been reduced to a yellow card following a successful appeal by Rangers.

“The midfielder was dismissed for violent conduct for an alleged headbutt on Fraser Fyvie, but after the Hibs player was banned for simulation, Halliday’s red was reduced to a caution for adopting a threatening and/or aggressive attitude.

“He is therefore free to play in this weekend’s Scottish Cup tie with Cowdenbeath.”

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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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