Bairns latest: Falkirk appeal Phil Roberts red card / new shirt sponsorship deal secured

Falkirk and Livingston players get hot headed after the 86th minute penalty award on Saturday. Phil Roberts (far right) gets sent off.
Falkirk and Livingston players get hot headed after the 86th minute penalty award on Saturday. Phil Roberts (far right) gets sent off.
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Phil Roberts will miss Saturday’s match at Hamilton - but Falkirk are waiting to hear if his red card he picked up against Livingston has been rescinded.

The Bairns are disputing the striker’s ordering off following a fracas that followed Simon Mensing’s foul on Craig Sibbald in the penalty box.

Despite the teenager claiming he was grabbed by the throat while on the ground, the Livingston man was only cautioned by ref Bobby Madden, who showed Roberts a straight red for an exchange of pushes with Calum Fordyce.

And although the Londoner already misses this weekend’s trip to Hamilton - as does Mark Millar - through an accumulation of bookings, the Bairns are defending the Irish youth cap.

Manager Gary Holt told Heraldsport: “We’re hopeful the processes will take their course and we’ll wait for the result - it’s all we can do at the moment.

“I’m tired of watching the video over and over looking for things, but we feel we have grounds for submitting an appeal - it was something that we had to do.”

The Falkirk boss feels Robert’s role in the melee was no more or less disruptive than many others who piled into Darren Jamieson’s penalty area with four minutes left to play in the game, which ended 1-1.

“These things happen in football, added Holt. “You want to defend your teammates, but, by doing that, you can put yourself in the firing line.”

The Bairns submitted their fast-track appeal on Monday. If successful, Roberts would be available for next week’s trip to Alloa.

New shirt sponsor secured

Meanwhile, Falkirk’s commercial department has trebled its money after securing a new sponsorship deal. It’s understood the club has signed a new agreement with Larbert-based WebHelpUK worth £30,000.

The company, which employs 850 staff at its local headquarters, will have its name and branding on the back of the Bairns’ home and away shirts next season.