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Hearts striker wins Scottish FA appeal

Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu has had his yellow card for diving rescinded by the Scottish FA on appeal.

The club contested referee John Beaton’s decision to caution the forward after television footage showed that Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis caught Ikpeazu in the 62nd minute incident during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Dons.

A Hampden hearing on Wednesday morning determined that the 24-year-old should not have been booked, with the yellow card being expunged from his record.

Speaking after the game, Hearts manager Craig Levein said: “It’s a stonewall penalty, clear contact. 

“John said he thought he dived, fair enough, but he didn’t and it’s clear a penalty you’ll ever see.”

Ikpeazu notched a 77th minute winner against Aberdeen, his sixth of the season, before being forced off with a serious head knock.

The former Cambridge United player was due to sit out Wednesday’s trip to Rangers but Levein is confident he will be available for Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated derby clash with Hibs at Tynecastle.

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