Jamie Hamilton: Appeal against Hamilton defender's red card successful

Hamilton Academical have succeeded in overturning Jamie Hamilton's red card against Hibernian on Saturday.

The defender was dismissed for a challenge on Martin Boyle, who scored a minute later in Hibs' 2-0 win.

It was 18-year-old Hamilton's fourth red card, but after replays suggested he made little contact with Boyle, a Scottish FA panel has downgraded his punishment to a yellow card.

He is now free to face St Johnstone in Lanarkshire next Wednesday.

Accies manager Brian Rice claimed referee Craig Napier had changed his mind over the decision at Easter Road.

"It changed the game 100% because I think we were on top," Rice told BBC Scotland after the match.

"The referee on the pitch was saying yellow card and someone from the sidelines was saying red card.

"It's done and dusted, can't do anything about it and I'm not getting myself into trouble."

Hamilton are bottom of the Scottish Premiership on goal difference, albeit with a game in hand over Kilmarnock.

Rice's side do not play this coming weekend but return to league action against the Perth side.

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