HIBS will NOT appeal the two-match ban handed to Scotland international striker Marc McNulty.

The forward was punished for standing on Hearts defender Sean Clare’s back in the Leith side’s 3-1 loss at Easter Road on Tuesday.

McNulty was lucky to escape a straight red card from referee Kevin Clancy, but the footage has been reviewed by SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte and the forward has now been suspended for the games against Aberdeen tomorrow and St Johnstone a week later.

Boss Jack Ross, who has looked at a rerun of the incident, told the Daily Record: “I watched the game first of all from a high camera, because I’m looking at it from a tactical point of view and what we did in the game.

“Then I watched it from the broadcast footage, which is great because I had watched the game twice by Wednesday morning!

“The broadcast one is obviously the one that shows it. When I spoke post-match I genuinely wasn’t aware of it. It didn’t really create much furore as sometimes these incidents do. The broadcast footage isn’t great from Marc’s point of view.

“I only spoke to him on Thursday because the players had some time off and I was taking training with the non-starting group. I’m not being dismissive of incidents that happen, but equally a lot of things happen split-second in football.

“I don’t tend to get too worked up about it, I have a personality that focuses more about what I can affect which is Saturday’s game with the players I will have available, rather than use my energy to worry about what has gone before.

“If there repetitive instances, or repetitive behaviour, inappropriate or indisciplined behaviour it gives you more of a headache. It’s miles away from that.

“I think in games like Tuesday there are a lot of decisions that are not in alignment with what they might normally do in all sorts of aspects, not just those type of things, but in general.

“And it’s very easy, when you’re not in that position, to pass judgement and say they should have done better.

“It is a frenetic atmosphere, it’s frantic and it’s played by human beings, not robots and it is difficult not to get caught up in it.

“And I suppose the best players are the ones who can keep cool heads in all types of aspects in those matches.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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