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Wanyama in the clear for semi tie

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is free to play in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-finals after winning an appeal against his St Mirren Park red card.

The Kenyan was sent off for serious foul play following a foul on Paul McGowan during a 1-1 draw against St Mirren on March 31.

But the offence was downgraded to a yellow card for unsporting behaviour during a Scottish Football Association disciplinary tribunal yesterday.

Wanyama has now avoided a two-match suspension which would have ruled him out of Sunday's Hampden clash against Dundee United. After the Premier League match in Paisley, Celtic manager Neil Lennon was scathing of the performance of referee Bobby Madden, who controversially disallowed a St Mirren goal.

He then denied them a strong penalty claim for handball before giving the home side a late penalty for an incident which later earned Esmael Goncalves a two-match ban for diving.

Lennon blasted: "That was the most appalling refereeing performance I have seen for a long, long time."

Lennon was later issued with a misconduct charge by the SFA over "repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language" following a verbal clash with St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin.

HIBS manager Pat Fenlon says the clock should be stopped on Scotting League reconstruction talks for this season as bosses run out of time to prepare their squads for a new set-up.

The 12 Scottish Premier League teams are due to hold a vote on plans for 12-12-18 structure on Monday. But there is uncertainty on whether the proposals - which also lay out hopes for a combined league body and a fairer share of cash among Scotland's clubs - will get enough backing.

Fenlon said: "It's dragged on a bit long to be honest. The vote should have been a good while ago to give people time to digest it. If it's not going to happen it would have been good to have the time to look at other ways to help the game."


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