Dundee United have failed in their bid to overturn Ryan Edwards' red card against Hearts.

The defender was sent off following a late lunge on Andy Halliday in the middle of the park at Tynecastle.

Midway through the first half of the 3-1 game, the Englishman's tackle was examined by VAR for a potential red card offence. 

After a short delay, Edwards was given his marching orders by Nick Walsh, who had initially waved play on after the incident.

United appealed the decision, with a review then carried out by the Scottish FA's disciplinary panel.

Today, it has been confirmed that the red card decision has been upheld. 

United will now be without the defender for the next two matches, the first of which is this weekend's Scottish Cup game against Kilmarnock.

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A club statement reads: "Dundee United can confirm the appeal against the red card shown to Ryan Edwards during Saturday's cinch Premiership match against Heart of Midlothian has been dismissed.

"The defender will serve a two-match suspension, which includes this weekend's clash with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup. The club will make no further comment at this time."

Meanwhile, Aberdeen have appointed Alan Burrows as the club's new chief executive.

The well-known figure in Scottish football joined the Dons from Motherwell after ending his 15-year spell with his boyhood club in Lanarkshire.

Burrows announced in recent weeks that he would be stepping down from his role as Motherwell CEO after over nine years of experience in the position.

Now, he has swapped Fir Park for Pittodrie and will officially start his new role on Monday, February 27 this year.

A club statement reads: "Aberdeen FC has appointed Alan Burrows as chief executive. The current chief executive of Motherwell FC will take up his new role at Pittodrie on 27th of February 2023.

"With over 15 years at Motherwell FC – nine as CEO – Alan has built up an enormous bank of knowledge, experience and credibility in Scottish football and was named Scottish CEO of the Year at the Football Business Awards in 2019.

"Alan joined Motherwell FC in a communications role in 2007, progressing to general manager and then CEO. During his tenure, Motherwell transitioned to fan ownership, recorded its highest ever turnover and net profit, achieved a record transfer fee and sponsorship deal as well as its highest-ever season ticket sales figure.

"On the pitch, Motherwell finished third in the Premiership in the season 2019/2020, played in Europa League and Europa Conference League qualifiers, reached two domestic cup finals and won the SFA Youth Cup for the first time."