Hibs’ Gary Deegan in the clear over tackle
Hibs midfielder Gary Deegan has escaped retrospective punishment for his contentious challenge on Dundee’s Gary Irvine at the weekend.
The Irishman became the focus of attention on the BBC’s highlights package after appearing to catch the Dark Blues defender on the leg during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Easter Road.
Referee Craig Charleston had halted play almost instantly in order to let Irvine receive treatment and Vincent Lunny, the SFA’s compliance officer, has deemed that the match official was close enough to the incident to have seen it properly in real time.
Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson was handed a retrospective two-match ban for his tackle on Hibs captain James McPake during the last Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle earlier this month.
Lunny decided to mete out punishment on that occasion as he felt match referee Willie Collum’s view of the tackle was slightly obscured.
The compliance officer had earlier issued Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson with a two-match ban for elbowing Dundee’s John Baird during their Boxing Day encounter.
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