Ħamrun Spartans have lodged an appeal against the three-match suspension incurred by their striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui following his dismissal in last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Hibernians in the BOV Premier League.

The French forward was shown a straight red card by referee Slobodan Petrovic for kicking Hibernians midfielder Dunstan Vella five minutes from half-time.

El Bakhtaoui was severely punished by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner who handed a three-match ban to the Spartans forward for violent play.

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