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10/09/2011'FHS - IRN BRU SFL FIRST DIVISION,' LIVINGSTON FC v FALKRIK FC'ALMONDVALE STADIUM, LIVINGSTON'kallum higgenbotham is sent off
10/09/2011'FHS - IRN BRU SFL FIRST DIVISION,' LIVINGSTON FC v FALKRIK FC'ALMONDVALE STADIUM, LIVINGSTON'kallum higgenbotham is sent off
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FALKIRK have not appealed the two-game suspensions slapped on Kallum Higginbotham and Stewart Murdoch.

And Bairns boss Steven Pressley has also taken a swipe at Livingston after they failed to give players tickets for their families.

The Bairns are feeling hard done after events at Almondvale. But although the feeling behind the scenes is video evidence vindicates the two cards, no appeal has been lodged against the ‘serious foul play’ ranking in the referee’s report.

Ref Craig Thomson - who will take charge of this weekend’s Old Firm match - showed no hesitation in sending Higginbotham to the stand after Bobby Barr went to ground with the Englishman confronting him over a last minute tackle.

Pressley told Heraldsport he felt the striker, and Stewart Murdoch, were treated harshly.

“I thought Stewart won the ball,” he said. “With the case of Kallum, I was very unhappy with how the Livingston player reacted, but I won’t say too much.

“There are so many laws in the game that deem a situation merits a red card.”

No appeal has been lodged in the time frame so both will miss Saturday’s home game against Dundee, as well as the Communities Cup match with Rangers.

The two dismissals were not the only issues at Livingston leaving a sour taste with the Bairns boss.

Pressley was furious when the Almondvale club refused to give a single complimentary ticket to any of his players for Saturday’s game.

“It’s a complete lack of respect to Falkirk and every other Scottish club,” he told Heraldsport.

“The parents of young players have paid for kit and to take them to training three times a week for the past four years.

“When those players reach the first team the parents who helped them there, should be - at the very least - entitled to see the game at no cost.

“Some of our players actually lose money travelling to away games when they have to buy tickets.”

Pressley raised the issue with Livi chief executive Ged Nixon on Saturday, and fears it could become common practice.

“It’s a situation which is becoming all too common in Scottish football,” he added. “I’ve raised it with both Fraser Wishart (players union rep) and SPL chief executive David Longmuir.

“Alex Smith cannot believe the lack of respect shown in today’s game.

“He’s planning to take it up with the association of league managers - it’s an issue that has to be addressed.”

Gordon McDougall, Livi chairman, told Heraldsport it was simply his club’s policy. “I know (withdrawing tickets) is something being discussed between clubs at the moment - it was taken out of the rulebook some time ago, and we’re not the only club to do this.

“It’s a discussion for boards to have and I feel a mountain is being made out a molehill.”

Falkirk go into Saturday’s match at full strength - save for the suspensions. Blair Alston could return to the starting 11 after completing a bounce game with St Johnstone and Dale Fulton is still training despite an ankle knock.