The red card shown to Hibs’ midfielder Marvin Bartley for violent conduct against Raith Rovers last Saturday has been rescinded and substituted with a caution for recklessly dangerous play.
After the game, a frustrated Hibs’ Head Coach Neil Lennon confirmed that the club would appeal the decision and said:”I’m pretty sure once the referee looks at the red card he will realise he’s made a mistake.
“What I saw was Marvin (Bartley) was fouled then a stramash and Marvin gets a red card. Marvin told me it was for retaliation and referee said he stood on the kid’s groin.
“I’ve looked at it from three or four different angles and it was a trip and was nowhere near his groin. I will speak to the referee about it and both the penalties that we were denied.”
A Disciplinary Tribunal convened today at Hampden Park in accordance with the Judicial Panel Protocol to consider the case and upheld the club’s appeal.
On his return to training with week, Bartley tweeted ” Today I will be practicing how to stop in midair and also how to boot someone half my size and not spin 180 degrees and end up on my bum.”
Bartley will be available for selection for Saturday’s game against Dunfermline at East End Park.
The powerful midfielder was also shown a red card against Ayr United at Easter Road last month when Hibs were leading 1-0. 10-man Hibs went on to lose that game however the decision was also rescinded.
After today’s decision, Bartley tweeted ” Deja vu’