Falkirk’s Duffie appeal is timed out

The Bairns ran out of time to lodge an appeal
The Bairns ran out of time to lodge an appeal
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Falkirk have not lodged an appeal against Kieran Duffie’s sending off against Partick Thistle.

That means the defender will automatically miss Saturday’s trip to Ross County, and Tuesday’s home league game with Morton.

By Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline, no request from the Bairns had landed at the Scottish FA’s Hampden headquarters seeking re-evaluation of the incident which was deemed ‘serious foul play’.

Notice must be lodged on a Monday before the appeal itself is delivered on Tuesday.

Duffie was sent off for a tackle on Chris Erskine five minutes after Falkirk had levelled Saturday’s game 1-1.

Explanation from the officials indicated the right-back saw red card because he tackled ‘at speed’ - a matter discussed between players and officials in pre-season.

The decision was met with derision from the stands and Steven Pressley this week told The Falkirk Herald he would have liked to have appealed.

The boss was in St Andrews on Monday afternoon for a training match with Dundee United and told The Falkirk Herald: “When I saw the incident again I wanted to appeal it, but we had missed the SFA’s deadline.

“Saturday's game was one of the hardest for me since being suspended, with all the incidents that happened during the game.

“I found it very difficult being removed from it and in the stand when decisions were having to be made and changes were needed.”

Pressley will sit in the stands for a final game of his four-match ban this weekend at Ross County, joined by Duffie and Darren Dods who has breached the bookings threshold.

The boss’ ban was incurred for comments made after the Scottish Communities Cup semi-final defeat by Celtic, and the Bairns were at pains to avoid further censure after Saturday's game, which also saw a disputed penalty awarded against the home side, in addition to Duffie’s red card.

But the desire to make a belated appeal proves the Bairns disagreed with the red-card, even though Murray Wallace, Michael McGovern and Pressley himself wouldn’t comment on the officiating.

“I don’t want to say too much because it just gets you into trouble,” Wallace admitted to The Falkirk Herald.

McGovern, who has a two-match suspended sentence hanging over him for another 10 months added: “I can’t really comment,” when questioned on the penalty and red-card incidents.

Both will be key components of a Bairns team which faces Ross County, “with no pressure,” according to the team manager.

“It’s disappointing to be losing Darren and Kieran for Saturday's game,” Pressley told The Falkirk Herald, “but it provides the opportunity for young players to come in.

“Stephen Kingsley has been playing well in bounce games, and it will be an exciting opportunity for the young guys - and an insight into next season and the future of the club.”

Although Falkirk will miss Duffie and Dods, David Weatherston finally began training on Tuesday after a groin injury.

Craig Sibbald’s participation has been limited with a rib problem, but he will travel with the Bairns on Friday to Inverness where the team will stay before the game.

A supporter has fronted cash for the team’s accommodation, “and we’d like to thank him for that,” added Pressley. “It is a gesture very much appreciated by everyone at the club.”