ELGIN City have failed in their appeal to have goalkeeper Ray Jellema’s red card at Annan overturned.
It means the City number 1 is suspended for Saturday’s home game against Clyde, and local teenager Stewart Black will deputise.
The appeal was heard by the SFA at Hampden on Thursday, with Elgin manager Ross Jack speaking on behalf of his player.
But the referee’s decision to send Jellema off for a challenge leading to an Annan penalty kick on December 28 was upheld, meaning a 1-game ban for the player.
Jack said before the appeal decision that he had no qualms about playing Black (18) against Clyde if Jellema was banned.
"People who said I only appealed to get Ray to play against Peterhead (last Thursday) are talking rubbish," he said.
"I wanted to appeal because I felt so strongly about the decision to show Ray a red card, which I felt was very harsh.
"I’ve got no problem about playing ‘Blackie’ against Clyde."
Black had already featured in an Elgin game this season, playing in the 3-3 home draw against Montrose in September when Jellema was away on work commitments.
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