We can confirm that defender Jamie Bishop has been suspended for two matches after being found guilty of violent conduct on Barrie McKay in Saturday’s match against Rangers at Ibrox.
SAFC Operations Director Stuart Brown has issued the following statement: “I am incensed at both the outcome of today’s Judicial Panel Hearing and the events that led to Jamie Bishop’s appearance.
“In summary, Jamie was charged with violent conduct by the SFA Compliance Officer following on from a complaint by a member of the public with regards to an incident that was not seen by the match officials but was put under the microscope by ESPN and broadcast to TV screens across the world.
“The Club was provided with the video evidence upon which the charge was based. This video evidence was the ESPN footage including full commentary and “expert” comment from Derek Johnstone.
“We had the option to accept the fixed two match ban for violent conduct without contest (i.e an admission of guilt) or to get Jamie to make a personal appearance at the Judicial Panel Hearing at Hampden to plead his case.
“Greig, Marc, Jamie and myself studied the video evidence on umpteen occasions on Tuesday evening and we were unanimous in the opinion that Jamie was innocent of the charge – striking an opponent with his arm or elbow during the course of the match – and that consequently he should plead his case in person.
“At the same time as confirming this to the Compliance Officer, I requested that the video evidence be used without the accompanying commentary that was, to put it politely, somewhat biased. This request was accepted.
“The outcome of the Hearing has already been documented and whilst we remain convinced of his innocence, the decision is final and Jamie will sit out the next two league games – Berwick at home on Saturday and Queen’s Park at Hampden on Tuesday evening.”