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Hearts 'surprised' by unsuccessful Shankland appeal

Hearts say they are "surprised" their appeal against Lawrence Shankland's booking for diving has been thrown out.

The Tynecastle captain went down in the box under pressure of Ross County defender Ryan Leak in Steven Naismith's side 2-1 defeat on Saturday.

A club statement said: "Heart of Midlothian is surprised to learn that the club’s appeal against Lawrence Shankland’s yellow card for simulation against Ross County has been dismissed.

"The opposing player’s knee can clearly be seen connecting with Lawrence’s thigh, which we highlighted as evidence at the appeal.

"The club will learn the reasoning behind the dismissal later this week, at which point we may comment further."