Raith Rovers defender Iain Davidson wins appeal against Hearts red card

Raith Rovers defender Iain Davidson has been given the green light to play in tomorrow’s Fife derby against Dunfermline after having a red card he was shown last Friday rescinded.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 2:54 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 2:59 pm
Raith's Iain Davidson leaving the pitch after being sent off during a Championship match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Stark's Park on March 16 in Kirkcaldy (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group)

A Scottish Football Association panel yesterday overruled the 35-year-old’s 58th-minute sending-off against Heart of Midlothian at Stark’s Park.

Davidson was given his marching orders by referee David Munro after being adjudged to have fouled Euan Henderson as he tried to make his way through on goal.

Craig Halkett missed the resultant penalty, but the capital club still ended up winning 4-0.

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Television footage showed there had been no contact between Davidson and Henderson, however, prompting the Kirkcaldy side to challenge the ref’s decision, and it took a fast-track disciplinary hearing less than half an hour to uphold that appeal.

That means Davidson is free after all to line up in defence alongside Kyle Benedictus for Rovers’ Premiership play-off quarter-final second leg at Stark’s Park, with the scoreline currently standing at 0-0.

A Raith spokesperson said: “The club can confirm that Iain Davidson’s appeal against the red card issued to him in the last home match v Hearts has been successful and it has been rescinded.”