ABERDEEN today described the explanation given by the SFA when their appeal against the red card Michael Devlin was shown against Kilmarnock was turned down as “unacceptable”.

The Pittodrie club are adamant that defender Devlin was wrongfully dismissed in a game that Derek McInnes’s side lost 2-0 earlier this month.

They have called for greater consistency and transparency in the disciplinary process and have revealed they will consult the SPFL for their views.

Aberdeen have also called for the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) system to be seriously considered by the SFA.

The statement comes amid growing concerns about the standard of refereeing and the effectiveness of the disciplinary panel in Scotland following a series of high-profile controversies.

The Aberdeen statement read: “The club maintains its view that the player was wrongfully dismissed, that the evidence presented was a robust defence and was overwhelmingly compelling in the player’s favour.

“In light of recent decisions taken by the SFA, the club believes it is imperative for the country’s football authorities to establish consistency and transparency in the appeal and referral process and will engage in dialogue with the SPFL in this regard to seek their assistance.

“Furthermore, at a time when technology is making a significant and positive impact across sport, the club believes that the impact of the VAR system trials in the English Premier League need to be considered if stakeholders in the game are going to regain trust in the process.

“Aberdeen are aware that the views we have expressed are held by many who have found key appeal and referral decisions this year perplexing and want to see the governing body dealing with this proactively, with a consistent and transparent appeals process high up on the agenda.

“Doing so would enhance the game’s integrity, greatly assist referees, improve the game for fans and, ultimately, the perception of Scottish football.”

HeraldScotland | Sport

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