The Scottish FA aren’t normally praised for their actions but the national association have finally seen some sense and overturned the ridiculous red card issued to Inverness CT’s James Keatings in their Challenge Cup semi-final win over Rangers Colts.
The Caley star was set to miss the final against Raith Rovers after the bizarre decision to send him off after he picked up a second yellow card for apparently diving.
Despite TV pictures clearly showing he hadn’t, the SFA upheld the ban anyway before a huge public backlash against them.
One of the appeal panel later admitted they hadn’t bothered to actually review the evidence, forcing the SFA to re-examine it before announcing it had been overturned this morning.
Keatings had gone down under a challenge from Rangers Colts star Ciaran Dickson but there was nothing in it but referee Greg Aitken couldn’t get his cards out quick enough.
⚽️ Inverness Caledonian Thistle are "incredulous and furious" at the decision not to overturn the red card that will rule James Keatings out of the Scottish Challenge Cup final.
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) February 19, 2020
The shambles that followed has raised (even more) serious questions about the SFA’s suitability to govern the Scottish game when you have members of the appeals panel admitting that actually looking at the evidence was too much of an inconvenience for them.
While there’s no evidence that it has happened in the past, it certainly isn’t something that can be ruled out either.