Stokes avoids suspension
Anthony Stokes has escaped a ban despite being found guilty of an SFA charge for his tackle on Landry N'Guemo.
Last Updated: 11/05/10 4:18pm
Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes has escaped a ban despite being found guilty of an SFA charge over his tackle on Celtic's Landry N'Guemo.
Stokes has effectively been handed a yellow card for the late tackle during Hibernian's 3-2 SPL defeat at Parkhead on 17th April.
The challenge was missed by referee Stephen Finnie but sparked an angry reaction from some of N'Guemo's team-mates.
The incident was referred to the SFA's disciplinary committee by their TV review panel and Stokes was charged with "misconduct of a significantly serious nature".
But the 21-year-old argued his case in person at a Hampden hearing on Tuesday and saw the offence reduced to "unsporting behaviour of a reckless and dangerous nature".
The Republic of Ireland striker has avoided being suspended for the start of next season after the three points he collected for his challenge left him on 12 for the campaign.