Hibernian defender Paul McGinn has been indicted by the Scottish Football Association following criticism of League Cup final referee John Beaton.
McGinn branded Beaton’s actions around Celtic’s winning goal at Hampden Park as “inept”.
The Hibs player said he and his teammates expected a substitution before Tom Rogic was allowed to kick a quick free-kick that sent Kyogo Furuhashi away to seal a 2-1 win for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
McGinn has been accused of violating rules that prohibit players from criticizing match officials in a way that indicates “prejudice or incompetence” or “affecting their character”.
“It’s not a foul and then the fourth referee keeps the scoreboard,” he said after the game. “I think Jamie Murphy could stand over the ball, like you do, but he walks away from it, to take on ‘sub’.
“No control over the situation, (Beaton) lets it happen and the target goes in. I don’t know if you see me running straight to him and getting a caution. But he’s just inept.
“Even 90 seconds later, Celtic are about to make a substitute and (Anthony) Ralston makes a quick throw-in, and whistles it again for the substitute to happen.
“I ran to him and just said ‘What’s going on? There’s no way we’d have gotten the other way. Absolutely not.’ That’s why they booked me. “
McGinn will face a hearing on January 13.