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Josh Meekings delighted as Scottish Cup final suspension is quashed

Published 24/04/2015

Officials missed a clear handball by Josh Meekings a yard off his own goal line as Leigh Griffiths looked to head home
Officials missed a clear handball by Josh Meekings a yard off his own goal line as Leigh Griffiths looked to head home

Inverness defender Josh Meekings has won his appeal against a one-match ban and is available for the Scottish Cup final.

The 22-year-old Englishman was served with a Scottish FA notice of complaint and offered a one-game suspension after officials failed to see his handball clear a goal-bound Leigh Griffiths header in Sunday's 3-2 semi-final win over Celtic at Hampden Park.

However, an independent three-man judicial panel tribunal met at the national stadium and dismissed the case with "no suspension applied".

Speaking shortly before the outcome, PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart said: "I think you have seen this week from the reaction of players across the country, players have no problem with video evidence being used for incidents that genuinely haven't been seen by the referee in the game.

"Maybe a punch behind the referee's back or a fly kick when the ball is away. But we think, if the rule has been extended, then it is now erring into re-refereeing a game on a Monday.

"That's not the purpose of video evidence. That's why the English FA and Fifa and Uefa steer away from that. The referee could see the incident on Sunday - he just didn't see the handball.

"I feel for the referees because their performance is now being analysed to the nth degree and I don't think that's fair on them."

On his official Twitter account, Meekings commented: "Once again, would like to thank everybody for the messages and support given over the last few days. Back to business now, cannot wait!!"

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