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United consider broadcast ban

Dundee United are considering restricting access to TV stations following the three-game ban given to defender Gavin Gunning.

Gunning had an SFA notice of complaint upheld at a hearing at Hampden on Thursday following him being accused of "kicking" out at Celtic player Virgil van Dijk.

The Tayside club are now contemplating banning broadcasters BBC and STV because they believe their respective highlighting of the incident brought about the punishment.

The former Blackburn Rovers defender's offence actually went unpunished by referee Crawford Allan during the game itself, while United reckoned Hoops duo Scott Brown and Joe Ledley were let off with offences as a result of the TV companies not highlighting them.

"We have no problem with players being punished if they are in the wrong but we can't accept the inconsistency," commented a Tannadice source in the Dundee Courier. "There were other incidents in the Celtic game which were not highlighted by broadcasters and they have gone unpunished.

"To us it looks like the broadcasters are the ones who decide who gets called up by the SFA and who doesn't. If the SFA decide what cases will be brought up on the basis of who gets the most coverage, as it seems to be, then the system isn't fair."

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Date:Friday September 6 2013

Time: 10:22PM

 

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