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Celtic fuming as SFA throw out Brown appeal

Celtic have continued their spat with the Scottish Football Association by criticising the “amazing” decision to reject their appeal against Scott Brown's Old Firm dismissal.

Referee Dougie McDonald upheld his own decision to show Scotland midfielder Brown a straight red card for his clash with Kyle Lafferty during Celtic's late 1-0 defeat by Rangers on Sunday.

Brown will now miss a total of three matches through suspension, including Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League trip to Falkirk.

Celtic had claimed no “fair-minded” person would agree Brown deserved to be sent off in the game.

Now they have reacted with shock at McDonald's decision to throw out their appeal and criticised the SFA's procedures, which do not allow any decision to be reviewed unless the referee changes his mind on viewing television evidence.

In a statement on their official website, a Celtic spokesperson said: “We are amazed at this decision and believe it is the wrong one. Given the general consensus that the initial decision was incorrect and the availability of supporting video evidence, at the very least, the incident should have been referred to a separate review panel.

“Naturally, we are very disappointed that this simple opportunity was not taken.

“Clearly, it is also very disappointing that Scottish Football Association rules do not permit this decision to be appealed.”

With the red card adding 12 points to Brown's disciplinary record, the Celtic skipper will also miss two additional games following his immediate automatic one-match ban.

The 24-year-old will sit out SPL games against St Johnstone at Parkhead and St Mirren in Paisley later this month.

A Scottish Football Association statement read: “In accordance with the provisions for claims of wrongful dismissal, the referee, Dougie McDonald, was requested to review the circumstances of Scott Brown's sending off against Rangers.

“The referee has indicated that he is content with his decision.”

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