Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been offered a two-match ban by the Scottish Football Association for allegedly kicking Hearts forward Callum Paterson in Saturday's 0-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw at Fir Park.
Randolph has until 1500 on Wednesday to respond to the notice of complaint, issued by SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny, with Motherwell manager Stuart McCall considering an appeal.
Should he challenge the offer of a fixed suspension, the case will be heard on Thursday.
The incident happened in the 13th minute when Randolph and Paterson chased a high ball and the goalkeeper caught the striker with his knee as he leapt for the ball.
Referee Crawford Allan was the closest man on the park and did not appear to think about giving a penalty, but the Hearts players angrily accused Randolph, while visiting boss John McGlynn said after the game the goalkeeper "got lucky".
A statement issued by the SFA revealed Irishman Randolph faces a charge of "violent conduct by kicking an opposing player, Callum Paterson".
"The player has until 3pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to respond to the notice of complaint," the statement added. "Should the player reject the fixed suspension offered, a fast track tribunal will be convened on Thursday, November 29, 2012 to consider the complaint.
"Rule 200: No player shall commit offences in the schedule of offences in Annex C. (Such offences may be dealt with by a fast track tribunal following a compliance officer reference under the judicial panel protocol)."
Motherwell play at Dundee United on Tuesday night.
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