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FIFA's Jim Boyce slams Scottish FA for banning Meekings

By Staff Reporter

Fifa Vice-President Jim Boyce has hit out at the Scottish FA's decision to suspend Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Josh Meekings for the Scottish Cup final.

Boyce, also Fifa's head of referees, warned the move to punish The Highlanders would set a "very, very dangerous precedent".

Caley's appeal against a retrospective one-game ban following a controversial handball incident during their 3-2 semi-final win over Celtic will be heard today.

If the appeal fails, Meekings will miss the May 30 final against Championship side Falkirk.

Former Irish FA President Boyce said: "I think it would be a very, very dangerous precedent.

"Who's to say it was even intentional? Every week we have handball situations where referees make a decision. In this game, there was a referee, an assistant referee, an official behind the goal line and there was a fourth official and none of them made any decision. So I can't believe they're going to suspend a player for a handball."

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