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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 January 2006, 12:30 GMT
Hearts to contest Fyssas red card
Fyssas is ordered off
Hearts are to appeal against the red card shown to Takis Fyssas in the 3-2 defeat by Celtic on New Year's Day.

The Greek defender was shown a straight red card by referee Ian Brines for a foul on Celtic forward Shaun Maloney.

"Having carried out a detailed review of the incident, Hearts will be appealing the decision," a statement issued by Hearts read.

"The club will be sending all related documentation to the SFA within the required three-day timescale."

One of Scotland's most respected former referees says Hearts have no basis for an appeal.

Willie Young, who retired at the end of last season, said: ''All the hallmarks are there of a sending off. Maloney is heading for goal and Fyssas attempts to bring him down.

"Ian Brines only has a split second to make a decision and he made the right one. Even the Hearts player seemed to accept it at the time.''

Hearts led 2-1 when Fyssas was dismissed with 14 minutes remaining.

Head coach Graham Rix questioned Brines' decision.

"I've just seen a replay and I'm not sure he touched the lad," he said.

"There are a few things the referee has to think about before he sends him off. But I got the impression he couldn't wait to send him off. It changed everything."

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