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Scotland ponder McFadden appeal

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The Scottish Football Association are considering whether to launch an appeal against the yellow card which rules James McFadden out of Scotland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Holland.

The Birmingham forward claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity when cautioned following a melee just before half-time during Saturday's 2-0 win over Macedonia at Hampden.

The booking sends him through the disciplinary threshold meaning he is set to miss the visit of the Group Nine winners in Wednesday's clash, as George Burley's men bid to secure a play-off spot.

McFadden once again demonstrated his importance to the cause with a wonderful goal against the Macedonians and SFA chief executive Gordon Smith plans to find out whether there is any chance of the decision being overturned.

"We will certainly be looking at it," he said. "I'm not quite sure yet what the situation is because he is claiming mistaken identity but in many cases, and we have seen it already at the highest level, there is no appeal for certain decisions.

"Darren Fletcher missed out on a Champions League final because there was no appeal against a red card and very often we don't have any appeals against yellow cards.

"I don't know whether in this scenario, when it's mistaken identity, there might be a possibility so we will be looking at that.

"None of us understood why he was getting booked. We were all asking each other if anyone realised what had happened and none of us did.

"I don't think James McFadden knew why he was getting booked either."

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