Dundee United star Ciftci awaits decision on SFA charge

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Nadir Ciftci was back at Hampden today to answer more charges relating to his sending off at Inverness in October.

The striker arrived at the national stadium knowing if he was found guilty of grabbing assistant referee Gavin Harris by the throat, he could face a ban of 10 games or more.

The charge resulted from a melee that led to the 21-year-old getting his marching orders in the 2-1 League Cup defeat in the Highlands on October 29.

His red card for adopting an aggressive attitude and putting his hand in an opponent’s face has already been reduced to a yellow.

And United were hopeful their own video evidence of the incident would persuade the SFA he did not overstep the mark as he was leaving the pitch.

“We didn’t think he did a lot on the night,” said Tangerines assistant boss Simon Donnelly.

“You see a few of our staff trying to get our players away from the situation and looking back it was much ado about nothing.”

The hearing was originally scheduled for last week but had to be postponed because not all the match officials were available to give evidence.

United were unhappy that it was rescheduled for today as it has upset preparations for tomorrow night’s Scottish Cup clash with Kilmarnock at Tannadice.

They felt it could have been held over until next week when coach Darren Jackson will answer misconduct charges arising from the same incident.

Former ICT boss Terry Butcher, now at Hibs, is already serving a touchline ban after being found guilty of a similar charge.

Meanwhile, experienced former Dundee United and Aberdeen manager Paul Hegarty has joined East Fife on a voluntary basis to assist rookie caretaker-boss Gary Naysmith.

The 59-year-old, who has been out of the game since leaving Tannadice in the close season, worked with the former Scotland defender at Hearts in the mid-1990s and the pair have remained in touch since.

Naysmith took charge of the League One side following the resignation of Willie Aitchison last weekend and is firm favourite to land the permanent post at New Bayview.

The ex-Hearts and Everton star will, however, continue to play while he takes his first steps in management, meaning Hegarty’s presence on the touchline will be vital.