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Hearts’ Steven MacLean charged for grabbing Eboue Kouassi’s privates

15:09 GMT 31/10/2018
Eboue Kouassi
The Ivorian midfielder was left in agony after the former Scotland youth player squeezed his private part in Sunday’s Scottish League Cup encounter

Hearts striker Steven MacLean has been charged for violent conduct by the Scottish Football Association after grabbing Celtic’s Eboue Kouassi's privates.

The two players were involved in an ugly incident as Celtic progressed to final of the League Cup after a 3-0 win at Murrayfield Stadium.

MacLean who was already on a yellow card grabbed the private part of the 20-year-old who was trying to block a corner-kick in the first half but referee Willie Collum did not see the incident.

Kouassi was later replaced by Scott Sinclair in the 26th minute due to pain caused.

After reviewing the incident on Tuesday, the Scottish FA have called MacLean to appear before a tribunal on Thursday as he faces a two-game ban if found guilty of violent conduct.

"Disciplinary rule allegedly breached: Disciplinary Rule 200 : Where any one of the sending off offences of serious foul play, violent conduct, and spitting at an opponent or other person is committed by a player at a match, but that sending off offence was not seen by any of the match officials at the time that it was committed the mandatory suspension for that sending off offence as provided for in Annex C of the Judicial Panel Protocol shall be applied to the player," read a statement on the FA website.

"Any fast track notice of complaint alleging a breach of this rule shall be determined by a fast Track tribunal subject to the provisions of Section 13.

"Fast track tribunal hearing: Thursday 1 November 2018."

Meanwhile, Kouassi has been handed an opportunity to ‘prove his worth’ with Scott Brown out on the sidelines after struggling for playing time in the past weeks, 

The former Krasnodar midfielder has featured in the Hoops’ last two matches – including their 2-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Uefa Europa League.