Everton’s Naismith facing Scotland ban

Steven Naismith could miss Scotland’s next two World Cup qualifying matches due to suspension.

Steven Naismith could miss Scotland’s next two World Cup qualifying matches due to suspension.

The Everton forward clashed with Serbia’s Srdan Mijailovic in the 0-0 draw at Hampden Park in their Group A opener on September 8 but only now has the incident been reported.

Neither referee Jonas Eriksson and match delegate Christian Schmolzer mentioned the off-the-ball clash in their match reports but it has been confirmed that FIFA have now launched an enquiry into Naismith’s apparent elbow which could see him banned for a couple of matches on video evidence.

The Scotland team believe that a group rival notified FIFA in an attempt to weaken Craig Levein’s side for away fixtures against Wales and Belgium next month as Serbia did not make a complaint after the match.

 
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