Rivals to appeal red cards

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Johnny Russell (left) and Stephen O'Donnell are both appealing red cards
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Johnny Russell (left) and Stephen O'Donnell are both appealing red cards

Dundee United and Dundee have both confirmed they are appealing against the red cards handed to their players in Sunday`s derby.

Both teams had to play the final 20 minutes a man short at Tannadice after a tackle between Dundee skipper Stephen O'Donnell and United forward Johnny Russell sparked a melee between both sets of players.

When order had been restored the two players were given their marching orders by referee Calum Murray.

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash ended in a 3-0 win to United, with Russell on the scoresheet twice before his sending-off.

A statement from United read: "Dundee United today confirmed they have submitted an appeal to the Scottish FA relating to the red card dismissal of striker Johnny Russell during Sunday's SPL game v Dundee FC."

A Dundee statement on their own website read: "CEO Scot Gardiner today confirmed that the club is to appeal the sending off of captain Stephen O'Donnell at Tannadice yesterday."

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