Templeton offered two-match ban

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David Templeton allegedly kicked out at Hibs defender James McPake in Hearts' match on Sunday
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David Templeton allegedly kicked out at Hibs defender James McPake in Hearts' match on Sunday

Hearts winger David Templeton has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer for alleged violent conduct during their clash with Hibernian at the weekend.

Templeton is alleged to have kicked out at Hibs defender James McPake during Sunday's Edinburgh derby at Easter Road, which ended 1-1. A two-match fixed suspension has been offered by the compliance officer.

Should the player accept the offer, the suspension would immediately be applicable to his next two matches, irrespective of competition. The principal hearing date for the case is Thursday.

Queen's Park skipper Ricky Little has also been issued with a notice of complaint and faces a charge of "not acting in the best interests of Association Football and in particular by posting on Facebook improper comments of a threatening nature".

The offence is alleged to have taken place on or around August 5, with a newspaper report claiming Little used the social networking site to threaten to injure Rangers players when both teams meet in the Irn-Bru Third Division this season.

Following the alleged incident, a statement from Queen's Park president Ross Caven on the club's website read: "Accompanied by our general manager and first-team coach I discussed the matter with the player immediately following last Saturday's game against Airdrie United.

"The player assured those present that the exchange represented no more than casual "banter" amongst long-standing friends.

"He also confirmed that as far as he was aware the only people reading his postings would understand the flippant context in which they were made.

"This has proven to be a salutary lesson for Ricky as he is now fully aware that digital media is a very open form of communication and it can be unable to reflect the context of an exchange and therefore be mis-interpreted.

"Consequently, both Ricky and Queen's Park FC apologise for any anxiety which might have unintentionally been caused and the club will at an appropriate time contact Rangers to pass on a similar message."

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