Hibernian will find out on Wednesday if they have been successful in overturning James Jeggo’s controversial red card.

The Australia internationalist was sent-off early in the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

The 31-year-old won the ball in a challenge with Connor McLennan but was deemed to have caught the Saints midfielder with his follow-through and was instantly dismissed by referee Craig Napier for ‘serious foul play’.

With VAR ruling there was no clear and obvious error, the whistler’s on-field decision stood.

That infuriated Hibs manager Lee Johnson, who branded the red card ‘horrendous’ and described Napier’s performance as the worst he had seen in his time in football.

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Former players and pundits have since lined up to criticise the sending off, protesting that football is in danger of becoming a non-contact sport.

But Napier has found an ally in ex-referee Stuart Dougal, who is adamant Jeggo’s tackle needed to be punished as it could have led to a broken leg for McLennan.

Hibs announced on Sunday night their intention to appeal and their ‘claim for wrongful dismissal’ will be heard by a Scottish FA fast track tribunal on Wednesday morning.

If they are unsuccessful, Jeggo will sit out the first two of Hibs’ post-split matches as they bid to piece together a push for European qualification.

Meanwhile, former referee Stuart Dougal has defended Craig Napier and VAR for the decision to send off Hibernian midfielder James Jeggo at the weekend.

He told the BBC's Vardict programme: “Well, if we look at the protocols for VAR as we keep doing, has VAR seen a clear and obvious error?  

“Now within the laws of the game I don't believe that he has seen a clear and obvious error, and we'll touch on that shortly. 

“VAR will have seen the referee making, as we have, a very swift red card decision and people were criticising the referee for brandishing the red card very quickly, that's good refereeing.  

“He had a great angle. He was out quickly with the card, saves the St Johnstone players trying to, or possibly remonstrating with the Hibs players.

“So from a refereeing perspective, I thought the referee handled that situation very well. VAR can't get involved unless he thinks it's a clear and obvious error."

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