Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie has been handed a four-match ban after his appeal over a red card received against Ross County was rejected.

And the Wigan loanee has seen his ban increase by one game due to the SFA deeming the move by Aberdeen frivolous.

Shinnie was dismissed in stoppage time in the Highlands during the Dons' 1-0 win over County after connecting dangerously with defender Jack Baldwin's shin.

Aberdeen boss Barry Robson believed the challenge was not worthy of a red card and the club backed his opinion by lodging an appeal.

Speaking after the match, he said: "It wasn't a red card for me. I have seen it back.

"I want my players to tackle. I want my players to be aggressive. He slid in, won the ball and it bounced off him and his leg actually started to pull back.

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"Graeme is disappointed as he doesn't think it is a sending off. He is an honest boy. I will always ask him to be committed like that. 

"Every one of my players, I will always ask them to be committed like that."

The outcome description on the SFA's appeal section reads: "Claim Dismissed. A1 – Serious Foul Play; the original three game suspension is re-imposed with immediate effect

"Please note, an additional 1 game suspension was been added related to article 13.21.8 of the Judicial Panel Protocol. Fee forfeited to be paid within 30 days."

Shinnie will now miss the upcoming fixture against Rangers at Pittodire as well as the first three post-split fixtures.

He has played 12 times for Aberdeen since joining them for a second spell in January, featuring 11 times in the Scottish Premiership and also in the League Cup semi-final.

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