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Hearts skipper has red card downgraded to yellow

Hearts captain Michael Stewart has succeeded in his appeal against his red card at Hamilton after it was reduced to a caution by the Scottish Football Association. An SFA review panel examined footage of the midfielder's sending-off for violent conduct in Sunday's 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat at New Douglas Park and determined it warranted only a yellow card for "adopting a threatening and/or aggressive attitude".

The Jambos skipper appealed the verdict and referee David Somers admitted he had been unhappy with his original decision, referring the matter to the review panel.

Stewart therefore escapes a three-match ban and is available to play in Saturday's game with Dundee United.

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