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‘COWARD’ NAISMITH COPS TWO-GAME BAN

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STEVEN NAISMITH has been offered a two-match ban for his shocking assault on Celtic skipper Scott Brown during the champions’ 3-1 win on Sunday.

The Hearts midfielder went in high and reckless on the Hoops onfield leader on the touchline after the ball had gone, but, astoundingly, the disgraceful incident was ignored by referee Bobby Madden who waved play on.

CQN reported on Monday the incident was likely to be investigated by SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan.

Former Parkhead striker Chris Sutton branded Naismith “a coward” for his unruly actions and insisted he should have been given a straight red card.

If the Edinburgh side choose to contest the charge, the former Scotland international will be hauled before Hampden bosses for a fast-track hearing on Friday.

The on-loan Norwich City star remains available for tonight’s derby against Hibs at Tynecastle.

Hearts boss Craig Levein insisted he saw nothing in the tackle and confirmed he would appeal any suspension slapped on his player.

They have until tomorrow to respond to the charge.

Naismith escaped further punishment for another dreadful challenge in the first-half when he caught James Forrest on the left ankle to leave the winger writhing in pain.

Once again, the match official took no action.

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