The Club can confirm that Willie Robertson has been hit with a two-match suspension following his injury-time dismissal against East Fife at the weekend.
He will be unavailable for this Saturday’s Ladbrokes League 2 game versus East Stirlingshire and the Scottish Cup replay next Tuesday.
The circumstances of Willie’s dismissal have been fully investigated and discussions have taken place between the player and Stuart McLaren and, subsequently, the Manager and the Club Executive. The detail of the outcome of these discussions has been communicated to the player and will remain internal and confidential.
SAFC Manager Stuart McLaren said: “At Stirling Albion Football Club we are developing a culture that is underpinned by a strong set of values. Discipline is a fundamental aspect of those values and any player or staff member who acts below the level expected will be dealt with.
“Willie Robertson is aware that his action that led to his sending off on Saturday was not what we expect of a representative of our club. He has been sanctioned and is fully accepting of the details of that. He remains a valuable member of our group and I am certain that he will prove his worth with many high-quality, disciplined performances throughout the remainder of the season.”
Stuart Brown, Club Chairman, added: “I, and the rest of the Board, are extremely disappointed in Willie for his inexplicable and unacceptable behaviour last Saturday. Added to his disciplinary history, it doesn’t read or augur well.
“However, I know that no one is more disappointed and frustrated than Willie himself and, having spoken with him, I am equally aware that he is utterly determined to ‘put things right’ when he resumes playing. He has been left in absolutely no doubt as to the Board’s view and the potential consequences of any repeat in the future.
“Willie doing the right things is an extremely valuable member of the squad, doing the wrong things, in common with any player, he lets not only himself down but his team-mates, the Club and our supporters. I look forward to him proving he can deliver on the former and eradicating the latter.
“Willie has asked that his own apology to the Manager, players, Board and the fans is formally and publicly communicated and, for my part, I’ve accepted this and consider the matter closed.”