Wilson to serve two-match ban

Kelvin Wilson will serve a two-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct by the SFA's Fast Track Tribunal.

Last Updated: 03/01/13 at 14:16 Post Comment

Kelvin Wilson: Found guilty of violent conduct

Kelvin Wilson: Found guilty of violent conduct

Kelvin Wilson will serve a two-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Scottish Football Association's Fast Track Tribunal.

The Celtic defender was issued with a notice of complaint by SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny for "by striking an opposing player, namely John Baird, with his elbow" during Celtic's 2-0 Boxing Day win at Dens Park.

Wilson contested the charge but it was upheld with the suspension applied with immediate effect.

The decision is sure to disappoint Wilson, who, after Wednesday's 1-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead, revealed he would be making a personal appearance at Hampden in a bid to clear his name.

The former Nottingham Forest player was confident that Baird's comments after the Dundee game would help his case.

Wilson said: "It wasn't an elbow so I don't know where the violent conduct has come from.

"To be fair the boy, he said he was grabbing my shirt and I was just trying to get away, which I was and unfortunately I caught him.

"If you go into a court of law and someone gives a statement like that then it is taken into consideration so I hope that is the case.

"But we will see. If it goes against me I will just have to get on with it but hopefully the people will see sense and it will get resolved."

Wilson will miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Hearts at Celtic Park after the winter break on January 19 and the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final against St Mirren at Hampden the following weekend.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcome and the SFA's disciplinary system through the club's official website.

He said: "Clearly we are very disappointed with today's decision and unfortunately, there is no right of appeal available.

"We find it disappointing that Kelvin has been found guilty of violent conduct, particularly when the other player involved has stated that it was an accidental incident."


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