Naismith faces three-match ban from Fifa for violent conduct

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Everton man, after he was seen elbowing an opponent, which could lead to him sitting out Scotland’s next three games
Fifa have opened disciplinary proceedings against Everton forward Steven Naismith, which could lead to him sitting out Scotland’s next three internationals.

During Scotland’s goalless draw in the World Cup 2014 qualifier against Serbia earlier this month, Naismith was caught on camera elbowing Srdan Mijailovic.
Referee Jonas Eriksson and his officials missed the incident and therefore did not inflict a penalty at the time.

However, Fifa regulation makes it possible for TV evidence to be used to help determine whether the Striker is guilty of the offence and impose a suitable penalty.

Fifa confirmed that this particular case is being investigated by stating, "We can confirm that Fifa has now opened disciplinary proceedings against the player Steven Naismith."

If the forward is given a suspension he would miss the Group A games against Wales and Belgium, plus a friendly against Luxembourg.

Apart from suspending a player for three matches, the disciplinary committee can ban a player for two months and also impose a fine up to £32,900.