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Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones accepts ban but insists he didn’t mean to dive

Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones accepts ban but insists he didn’t mean to dive

The winger has been handed a two-match ban for simulation.

Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones has accepted a two-match ban – despite insisting he never meant to dive against Dundee.

The Northern Ireland international was accused of simulation as he threw himself at the feet of Dark Blues defender Cammy Kerr at Dens Park on Saturday.

Referee Steven McLean was fooled into thinking the winger had been fouled and handed Killie a penalty which Eamonn Brophy converted to hand his side a 2-1 win.

The decision incensed under-pressure Dundee boss Neil McCann – who branded it a “joke” – but Rugby Park boss Steve Clarke claimed after the match that the television replays he had seen were inconclusive.

Now the Ayrshire outfit concede the pictures do not leave them room for an appeal – even though Jones is “adamant” he did not go down looking for a spot-kick.

The former Middlesbrough youngster will now sit out Killie’s trip to St Mirren on October 20 and the visit of Hamilton one week later.

The club said in a statement posted on their official website: “Following internal discussion, the club can confirm we will not challenge the Notice of Complaint submitted against Jordan Jones following our victory over Dundee.

“Jordan is adamant that he did not carry out an act of simulation, nor did he claim for a penalty kick or intend to deceive the referee.

“However, as part of the judicial panel system, this charge has been brought after former referees considered the evidence and whilst we have every right to deny the allegation we are not inclined to on this occasion as we had no additional substantive evidence to submit for consideration.”

Clarke is set to have his day in court later this month as he goes before disciplinary chiefs to explain comments he made about referee Willie Collum after his side’s August defeat to Hearts.

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