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Nadir Ciftci handed six-game ban for biting Jim McAlister in derby

Ciftci had been charged by the Scottish FA with biting the player during the final Dundee derby on May 24.

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Nadir Ciftci has been given a six-game ban after being found guilty of biting Jim McAlister at the end of the 2014/15 season.

He will also be banned for another two games if he is found guilty of excessive misconduct at any time this season.

Ciftci had been charged by the Scottish FA with biting the player during the final Dundee derby on May 24.

The striker, who has since signed for Celtic, was a Dundee United player at the time.

The ban means he will not play domestic football until September but will still be eligible for European fixtures.

McAlister had accused Ciftci of the bite after the two clashed at Tannadice on the final day of league fixtures but referee Bobby Madden took no action.

Photographs of the alleged incident, and a wound claimed to be McAlister’s, circulated on social media in the hours following the match.

"The club has interviewed Nadir today as the accusation levelled against him is very serious and Dundee United would not condone such behaviour," a United spokesperson said in a statement on the club website on May 25.

"The player is both surprised and upset by the accusation and, on discussing the matter in detail, it is clear to us that the player has not been involved in any such incident.

"In fact we commend Nadir for his tolerance on the field given some quite severe physical and totally unacceptable verbal provocation."

The incident was investigated by the Scottish FA compliance officer Tony McGlennan and a charge of excessive misconduct was made.

Ciftci was charged under Disciplinary Rule 202 with the Notice of Complaint stating: "In that the above match you committed an act of Excessive Misconduct by biting Jim McAlister of Dundee FC upon his leg to his injury.

"That this act constituted an A2 Sending-Off Offence of Violent Conduct as provided for in Section 3 of Annex C to the Judicial Panel Protocol, and was aggravated by the degree of physical violence used."

Scottish FA scale of sanctions suggests a four-match ban is appropriate for low-end offences with a 16-match suspension at the top end.

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