Ciftci and Van Dijk escape bans

Ciftci and Van Dijk escape bans PLZ Soccer
Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci and Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk have escaped bans after a disciplinary tribunal cleared them of any wrongdoing.

Ciftci’s charge of violent conduct returned a verdict of “Not Proven”, while Van Dijk’s appeal at a two-game ban for violent conduct has been upheld.

It means the Turkish striker Ciftci will be available to play in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against the Hoops and in the following Premiership clash and Van Dijk will now be cleared to play in the League Cup final and the replay.

Ciftci was served a notice of complaint by the SFA’s compliance officer after TV replays appeared to show the Turkish attacker kicking out at Scott Brown following a heavy tackle from the Celtic captain.

However, on Thursday the Judiciary Panel returned a verdict of “Not Proven”.

Ciftci was already banned from the League Cup final but Hoops defender Virgil van Dijk’s is now available to play on Sunday.

Van Dijk was sent off in the match for a stamp on Dundee United midfielder Calum Butcher but on Thursday he escaped punishment after being cleared of violent conduct.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila welcomed the decision, speaking at Hampden ahead of Sunday’s final, he said: “I am very happy for him and the team.

“Of course I think it was the right decision. He has been unlucky twice with red cards, the one in Europe was not a right one and this one also wasn’t right.

“So it is very good that he didn’t get any suspension and can play in the final.”

Meanwhile, Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton has also been cleared to play in the final after he was mistakenly sent off in the match at Tannadice.

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