Hibs boss Eddie May insists that Darnell Johnson must be approved as an SFA hearing


Hibs manager Eddie May insists that Darnell Johnson must be cleared of any irregularities in the Scottish FA's disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

The defender of Leicester City, on loan, faces a two-game ban after being accused of an alleged infraction of disciplinary rule 200 (serious foul play) for his defiance of Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic.

However, May has confirmed that the club will challenge the charge at Hampden.

Johnson was making his Parkhead debut

The incident occurred in the 80th minute of Leith's 2-0 loss at Parkhead on Wednesday and led to the Bhoys retiring from the field on a stretcher.

Although referee Craig Thomson reserved the 20-year-old for the tackle, SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte decided that additional measures must be taken.

Ironically, Johnson missed the Scottish Cup victory 3-1 on Saturday over Raith Rovers with an injury he suffered during the challenge.

May said: "Darnell was injured at the tackle – that tackle in particular – so it will be very interesting what the compliance officer finds in terms of his tackle findings."

"I thought it was a sturdy tackle and there were some others in the game.

"As long as nobody suffers a serious injury, I thought I should have been part of the game and move on."

In case the decision is confirmed, Johnson will not be eligible for the games against Hamilton and Dundee.

Hibs was furious in private that Whyte had not stopped any Celtic player for separate incidents in the game.

Leith's team was not satisfied with the air challenge of Bhoys defender Jozo Simunovic against Oli Shaw after the striker was also sent off after being hit in the head by the incident.

They also feel that Celtic tackle Scott Brown in Mark Mark Milligan justified possible retrospective punishment, while Hibs was disappointed to see that Oliver Burke seemed to be submerged inside the box.



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