Hearts striker Ryan Stevenson's appeal against two-match ban rejected by the SFA

Ryan Stevenson: Hearts forward suspended for two games after appeal rejected by the SFA

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Hearts striker Ryan Stevenson has had his appeal against his two-match ban rejected by the Scottish Football Association.

The striker was offered the suspension following his challenge on Hibernian's James McPake during the goalless Edinburgh derby but elected to contest the punishment.

But his stance curried no favour at the Hampden hearing and the original sanction stands.

Referee Willie Collum took no action against Stevenson for the tackle at the time, but the SFA compliance team decided to step in after studying footage of the incident.

Hibs captain McPake claimed after the game that Stevenson should have been sent off for the two-footed tackle that left him with a gash on his leg.

Stevenson had described his tackle as hard but "fair", but Hibs boss Pat Fenlon described it as "shocking".