Sone Aluko to face SFA tribunal


The Scottish Football Association's fast track tribunal will decide on Thursday whether Sone Aluko should be punished for alleged simulation after Rangers rejected the offer of a two-match ban.

The winger was issued with a notice of complaint, and offered the standard suspension, by the SFA's compliance officer Vincent Lunny today following Saturday's 2-1 win over Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The 22-year-old won a penalty in the first half at Ibrox, when the home side were leading 1-0, which was converted by Nikica Jelavic and ultimately proved to be the winner.

Speaking after the game, Aluko claimed contact had been made in the challenge with Martin Hardie and that referee Steve Conroy made the correct decision to award the spot-kick.

He said: "I felt there was contact and I fell over. I'm not one that normally dives.

"I thought it was a penalty and obviously the ref did as well so you can't really complain.

"The players around me didn't really protest so I don't see what the issue is."

Rangers' decision to reject the sanctions offered by the SFA means the matter will now be referred to the judicial panel and a fast track tribunal will be convened on Thursday.

If the player is found guilty of diving at the hearing, he will miss SPL matches against Hibernian and Inverness.

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre has also been issued with a notice of complaint by the SFA for comments he made about the referee in his post-match press conference.

The Pars boss claimed Conroy had "a nightmare" and branded the penalty award "a really, really poor decision."

He is alleged to have breached a disciplinary rule which prohibits criticism of the performance of a match official in a way which indicates bias or incompetence, or to make remarks which impinge upon the match official's character.

McIntyre's case will be heard on Thursday, December 22.

Hibernian won their appeal in October after striker Garry O'Connor was offered a two-match ban for allegedly diving in a match against St Johnstone.