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Last Updated: Monday, 8 November, 2004, 16:31 GMT
McCall wants clemency from SFA
Dundee United manager Ian McCall
Dundee United manager Ian McCall says the Scottish Football Association could regain some integrity by wiping out the red card issued to Mark Wilson.

Wilson was sent off when the referee's assistant signalled - wrongly - that a deliberate handball had prevented a goalscoring opportunity for Dundee.

United have no right to appeal because of the nature of the offence.

But McCall said: "Surely common sense says that if he is proved innocent we should have his ban overturned."

Television pictures show Wilson headed the ball, but SFA rules state that only violent conduct or mistaken identity cases can be appealed.

"There is no provision for an appeal in cases where a sending-off has occurred for denying the opposition a goalscoring opportunity," added an SFA spokesman.

McCall though believes there may be a way round the ruling.

"I've spoken to (head of referee development) Don McVicar and he admitted to me that it was a mistake to send Mark off, so he is going to see what he can do," McCall said.

However BBC Scotland understands that no such deal is possible, despite McCall's strong feelings on the subject.

"I was 15 or 20 yards away from it and at the time I thought he headed the ball, but the linesman was about 50 yards away," added McCall.

"He made a very confident call and it has turned out to be wrong, so the SFA now have the chance to come out of this looking good and with some integrity.

"Mark is one of the best young players around and a very important member of the team, so we are desperate to get him back for Saturday's game."

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