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Hibernian to contest O'Connor ban for diving

Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor has been handed a two-match ban for a dive that won his side a recent match against St Johnstone .

The former Birmingham City man went down just after the hour-mark of the September 28 clash at Easter Road before picking himself and slotting home the winning penalty as Hibs took out the contest 3-2.

But it has since come out that the Scottish Football Association have offered Hibs the choice of accepting an immediate ban for O'Connor or to go to a tribunal.

The Edinburgh club have decided they will contest the ban with the hearing to be concluded on Thursday.

"In relation to an incident of alleged simulation involving Garry O'Connor in the recent match between Hibernian FC and St Johnstone FC, Hibernian were issued with a complaint from the compliance officer offering a standard two-match suspension," read an SFA statement.

"The club have chosen to refer the matter to a fast track tribunal, which will be convened on Thursday."

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