Motherwell have appealed the red card shown to Jack Vale in defeat to Aberdeen.

The on-loan Blackburn Rovers player was sent off by referee Craig Napier after 56 minutes for a challenge on Jack MacKenzie.

Vale, 23, appeared to catch the Aberdeen defender in the midriff as he brought down a high ball.

Motherwell boss Stuart Kettlewell branded the decision "laughable" as he suggested a formal appeal would be made over the red card.

Now, a Motherwell statement has confirmed an appeal has been made to the Scottish FA.

A statement on the club website read: "We can confirm we have appealed the red card shown to Jack Vale on Saturday against Aberdeen. 

"The outcome of this appeal will be communicated in due course."

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On the decision, Kettlewell said “For me it’s laughable. Jack MacKenzie comes steaming into Jack Vale, I thought it might have been our foul.

“I’m not sure the Aberdeen player has got any place in that vicinity when our player has won the ball and hooked it over his shoulder. And he actually comes charging in, doesn’t decelerate at any point, comes haring into Jack Vale and spins him around.

“We will put a still on it and say his leg is straight and all that nonsense. He has got to the ball first, I think you have to check up when you see the Motherwell player has made contact with the ball.

“But you see the ref’s reaction. We actually had the same reaction for a penalty awarded against us when they take no time whatsoever to stop and think, maybe communicate with the assistants just to see if they are seeing the right thing. And when he brandishes the red card we all know VAR is not going to turn it over.

“I can only tell you my gut feeling, and people will see it different ways, my first reaction was just to start laughing. I couldn’t believe it was given as a red card. Neither can the players."