Dundee rivals to appeal reds

O'Donnell and Russell dismissals to be contested

A feisty derby at Tannadice saw both sides reduced to ten men

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Dundee and Dundee United have confirmed that they will be appealing against the red cards handed out to Stephen O'Donnell and Johnny Russell during a feisty derby dual on Sunday.

Both teams had to play the final 20 minutes a man short at Tannadice after a tackle between Dundee skipper O'Donnell and United forward Russell sparked a melee between both sets of players.

When order was restored, the two players were given their marching orders by referee Calum Murray.

The Scottish Premier League clash ended in a 3-0 win to United, with Russell on the scoresheet twice before his sending-off.

A statement from United read: "Dundee United today confirmed they have submitted an appeal to the Scottish FA relating to the red card dismissal of striker Johnny Russell during Sunday's SPL game v Dundee FC."

A Dundee statement on their own website read: "CEO Scot Gardiner today confirmed that the club is to appeal the sending off of captain Stephen O'Donnell at Tannadice yesterday."