Leighton Clarkson will serve a two-game ban after being charged with serious misconduct
Aberdeen midfielder Leighton Clarkson will serve a two-game ban after admitting a serious misconduct charge.
Clarkson was cited earlier this week for his challenge against Ross County defender Callum Johnson in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Dingwall.
The man on loan at Liverpool escaped with a yellow card at the time, but Staggies boss Malky Mackay felt he should have been sent off.
Clarkson was scheduled for an expedited court on Thursday but has since admitted the charge and will serve an immediate two-game suspension.
That means he will miss Saturday’s visit by Rangers to Pittodrie and the Dons’ trip to Easter Road to face Hibernian on September 17.
Mackay said after the game that he spoke to referee Kevin Clancy about the decision.
“I watched it back and for me (Leighton) Clarkson’s tackle on Callum Johnson was a leg breaker,” he said.
“I have spoken to the referee to let him know that I will be looking to see what the compliance officer (Andrew Phillips) is doing.”
The 20-year-old has been a regular at Aberdeen since joining on loan from Liverpool and has already scored two spectacular goals.
The first came on his debut in the win over St Mirren and the second to secure victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
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