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Zaliukas considers Hearts future


Zaliukas was accused of head-butting Aberdeen's Lee Miller

Marius Zaliukas is considering his future with Hearts after the club's appeal against Saturday's red card was rejected by referee Iain Brines.

Zaliukas, who has been linked with a £2m January move to Russian football, was accused of head-butting Lee Miller.

And he told Hearts' website: "The whole world could see I did nothing wrong.

"I like football here, but I am now disillusioned with the game. Now I'm thinking I would rather leave if this sort of thing is going to happen."

Zaliukas had already been booked in the 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen before receiving a straight red card.

Hearts lodged an appeal after manager Csaba Lazslo reviewed video evidence, but Brines stood by his decision after also watching replays.

I have spoken to players from other clubs since the incident and they were all surprised it was a red card having seen it on television
Hearts defender Marius Zaliukas

"I did nothing wrong," said Zaliukas. "Okay, I made a mistake when I got my yellow card in the game and I admit that.

"But I still maintain I didn't deserve the red card."

Hearts were angered not only to lose the appeal but that the referee who was in charge of the match was the final arbiter.

"The club was very supportive of me, which I'm grateful for, and we were all confident justice would be done," said Zaliukas, who has been linked with both Moscow clubs.

"I like Hearts and the fans and want to do well for the team, but what chance do players have when this sort of thing happens?

"I have spoken to players from other clubs since the incident and they were all surprised it was a red card having seen it on television."

Meanwhile, Hearts have been told they must win the backing of fellow clubs if they want to revolutionise the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary procedures.

An SFA spokesman said: "Disciplinary procedures are approved by member clubs at the agm.

"If any member club wishes to bring forward proposals then that, of course, is their right."

In England, appeals are refereed to an independent panel and Hearts could propose the introduction of a similar system in Scotland.
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