Will SFA compliance officer take action over ‘dive’ by Inverness Caley Thistle midfielder Ross Draper?



SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan has until 3 p.m. today (Wed) to decide whether to take disciplinary action against Inverness Caley Thistle’s Ross Draper after the midfielder was accused of diving to win a penalty in Monday’s win over Aberdeen.

The 27-year-old fell in the box after lifting the ball over a challenge from Dons defender Ash Taylor and was awarded a spot-kick that Greg Tansey duly converted to give the Highlanders a controversial 2-1 win lead.

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With Carl Tremarco sealing a 3-1 victory for Caley Thistle, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hit out at Draper after the match for ‘conning’ referee Willie Collum.

“It’s clearly not a penalty,” said McInnes. “Their player has tried to con the referee and he’s conned him.

“It’s a dive, there’s no contact there. We’re disappointed, it’s such a big decision.”

If McGlennan is convinced Draper committed an act of ‘simulation’, the former Macclesfield Town player could land a two-match ban for breaching disciplinary rule 201.

McGlennan has until 3 p.m. this afternoon to review the incident and issue a notice of complaint should he see fit.

In a similar case recently, Hibernian midfielder Fraser Fyvie accepted a two-game suspension back in December after involvement from the compliance officer following an act of simulation during an altercation with Rangers’ Andy Halliday.