Star man to miss Holland crunch

Scotland to appeal against McFadden ban?

September 6, 2009
By Soccernet staff

The Scottish Football Association are considering whether to launch an appeal against the yellow card which rules James McFadden out of Scotland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Holland.

George Burley
GettyImagesBurley: Future remains uncertain
The Birmingham forward claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity when cautioned following a melee just before half-time during Saturday's 2-0 win over Macedonia at Hampden. George Burley's men are bid to secure a play-off spot but the booking took McFadden, who scored Scotland's second, past the disciplinary threshold.

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith plans to find out whether there is any chance of the decision being overturned. "We will certainly be looking at it," he said. I'm not quite sure yet what the situation is because he is claiming mistaken identity but in many cases, and we have seen it already at the highest level, there is no appeal for certain decisions.

"Darren Fletcher missed out on a Champions League final because there was no appeal against a red card and very often we don't have any appeals against yellow cards. I don't know whether in this scenario, when it's mistaken identity, there might be a possibility so we will be looking at that. None of us understood why he was getting booked. We were all asking each other if anyone realised what had happened and none of us did. I don't think James McFadden knew why he was getting booked either."

Meanwhile, SFA president George Peat says he has yet to make up his mind whether George Burley should be kept on, should Scotland fail to qualify for the South Africa.

Asked whether Burley would continue should Scotland lose to Holland Peat told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We haven't discussed that. Let's just wait until the games are all finished. We'll have a better idea after Wednesday. I haven't made up my mind one way or another."