Published: 31/12/2013 13:09 - Updated: 31/12/2013 13:36

Elgin appeal keeper's red card

Written byCraig Christie

ELGIN City have issued an appeal to the SFA over goalkeeper Ray Jellema’s red card at Annan Athletic on Saturday.

Elgin City goalkeeper Ray Jellema in action. Photo by Bob Crombie.
Elgin City goalkeeper Ray Jellema in action. Photo by Bob Crombie.

The appeal will be heard on January 9, meaning Jellema is free to play in Thursday’s crucial derby match at Peterhead.

The City keeper was dismissed for denying an Annan player a goal-scoring opportunity when he conceded a penalty kick with Elgin leading 1-0 in Saturday’s match.

Annan scored the penalty, and ten man Elgin lost a second goal as they went down 2-1 at Galabank.

Jack said: "The decision changed the whole game and we feel so strongly about it, we are going to appeal.

"I thought it was a bit harsh to give a penalty in the first part but we can accept that. What I do dispute is Ray being sent off.

"I realise the referee had to make a decision on the spot but I’ve had the benefit of watching slow motion footage of the incident hundreds of times.

"If there was contact between him and the Annan player there was certainly no intent. I don’t think it was a goal-scoring opportunity and even if the player had been able to get a shot in, Paul McMullan was back on the line so Ray was not the last man."

City’s appeal has been accepted by the SFA, and they have lodged a bond which will be returned to them if the appeal is successful.

In the meantime, Jellema will retain his position between the sticks at Balmoor Park on January 2.

Deputy Stewart Black, who came on in his place at Annan, was ready to step into the breach but looks likely to be back on the bench.

City have a big doubt over centre back Jamie Duff, who has been carrying a groin injury for some time.

Brian Cameron and Paul Millar remain sidelined, though both are on the road to recovery from long term injuries.

Peterhead lead the way in League 2 while Elgin currently sit ninth, 13 points behind their opponents.

For update on the Peterhead v Elgin City match, follow @NScot on Twitter and log on to the Scot website.

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