Steven MacLean handed disciplinary charge and faces two-match ban after grabbing Eboue Kouassi’s groin in match between Celtic and Hearts
- The incident occurred in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Hearts in the Betfred Cup semi
- James MacLean grabbed Eboue Kouassi’s groin as the pair jostled for space
- The 36-year-old faces a two match ban with a hearing coming up on Thursday
Hearts striker Steven MacLean has been handed a Scottish Football Association disciplinary charge after appearing to grab the private parts of Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi.
Kouassi went down in apparent agony and accused MacLean of grabbing him as the pair jostled for space at a corner during Celtic’s Betfred Cup semi-final victory on Sunday.
The 36-year-old faces a two-match ban with a hearing date pencilled in for Thursday.
Hearts’ James MacLean appeared to grab Celtic player Eboue Kouassi’s groin during the match
James MacLean now faces disciplinary action and a two match ban with a hearing on Thursday
Scottish Football Association compliance officer Clare Whyte had been expected to act on recent guidelines to charge MacLean with violent conduct.
Speaking earlier, Hearts manager Craig Levein said: “I’m rueing the fact that they changed the rules this summer, and then it becomes a different offence. He said he’s been doing it for years but I had to chuckle at that. I don’t think it was an offence (before), if you know what I mean.”
Kilmarnock forward Greg Stewart and Hamilton midfielder Darian MacKinnon have also been handed similar violent conduct charges relating to the meeting of their teams on Saturday.
MacKinnon was booked for a challenge on Alan Power but the yellow card has been upgraded to a red, assuming the Accies captain does not successfully challenge it, following the examination of footage.
Stewart has been charged after being accused of headbutting Scott Martin as the pair tangled off the ball.
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