Sunday 17 December 2017

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftc charged for kick

Striker's in hot water after Brown reaction


Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci has been charged with kicking Scott Brown on the head during Sunday's fiery William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final with Celtic.

But the Hoops skipper and Ciftci's Tangerines team-mates Aidan Connolly and Calum Butcher are all off the hook for alleged offences committed during the dramatic 1-1 draw at Tannadice.

The Scottish Football Association's compliance officer Tony McGlennan had until 3pm yesterday to launch proceedings against the trio but decided not to proceed.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila accused Connolly of diving to win a first-half penalty, while Butcher was involved in the early spat which saw the home side's Paul Paton and Parkhead defender Virgil van Dijk dismissed. The clash was sparked when Brown landed a heavy ninth-minute challenge on Ciftci.

The Turkish frontman responded by lashing out at the Celtic midfielder while Butcher and Van Dijk also appeared to exchange blows on the deck.

But after discussing the events with linesman Graham Chambers, referee Craig Thomson handed red cards to Paton and Dutchman Van Dijk - a decision which left the United bench stunned.

The SFA have now confirmed they have received an appeal from the Taysiders, with Paton claiming he is the victim of "mistaken identity". Celtic have also challenged the decision to send off Van Dijk on the grounds of wrongful dismissal.


But a spokesman has confirmed that the governing body will take no further action against Butcher or Connolly, who won the spot-kick which Ciftci dispatched to put his side 1-0 up after tripping while darting past Anthony Stokes.

If found guilty the 23-year-old - who is already suspended for Sunday's QTS Scottish League Cup final with Celtic - will be handed a two-match ban. Ciftci has until 3pm on today to respond to the charge. A principal hearing has been set for tomorrow.

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