Motherwell to appeal Higdon ban

SPL look to clamp down on players' wayward behaviours

Leigh Griffiths: Hibernian striker charged by the SFA after making a gesture

Michael Higdon: Motherwall poised to appeal against the suspension given to their striker

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Motherwell have confirmed they intend to appeal Michael Higdon's one-match ban for making an alleged gesture while celebrating a goal.

Higdon scored against Dundee United at Tannadice last week, but now faces possible sanctions if the appeal fails.

Stuart McCall has stated his club's desire to fight against the charge and possible punishment, and the club have until 3pm on Wednesday to respond.

He said: "There is no way in a million years it is comparable to what's gone on beforehand. I know totally that it was not aimed at supporters."

Suspension

Motherwell also released an official statement on Wednesday which read: "Motherwell FC today verbally notified the SFA of the clubs' intent to contest the fixed one-match suspension offered to Michael Highdon by the compliance officer.

"The club will lodge the official appeal before 3pm tomorrow, at which point the matter will be referred to the judicial panel with a fast-track tribunal convened on Thursday, 26th January.

"The club will make no further comment until after that process has been completed."

Meanwhile, Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths has also been handed a two-match ban by the Scottish Football Association after he was caught on television making a one-fingered gesture.

Offensive

Griffiths, 21, is currently on-loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers was part of the Hibs side who were beaten 3-2 by St Johnstone last weekend.

It is the second time Griffiths has been reported for making an offensive gesture which means the fixed suspension will now be set at two games.

The on-loan striker was found guilty of making an offensive gesture during the SPL game against Rangers in November.