Nai­smith fac­ing ban

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY SEPT 27 - By AN­GUS REID

STEVEN NAI­SMITH could miss the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Bel­gium next month af­ter FIFA opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against him.

Nai­smith faces a po­ten­tial three-match ban over an al­leged el­bow on Sr­dan Mi­jailovic in the game against Ser­bia.

Tele­vi­sion pic­tures showed the Ever­ton player rais­ing his arm to­wards Mi­jailovic in an in­ci­dent that wasn’t in­cluded in the ref­eree’s re­port. A FIFA state­ment read: “We have opened pro­ceed­ings against Steven Nai­smith.

“The case will be on the agenda for the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 5.

“The SFA have un­til the end of this week to pro­vide FIFA with their po­si­tion re­gard­ing the case.”

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