Inverness have released a scathing statement calling the SFA's appeal process into question, after the governing body decided against overturning James Keatings' red card.
Keatings will miss next month's Challenge Cup final with Raith Rovers after being handed a second booking for simulation in the 2-1 semi-final win over Rangers Colts.
The decision came to light earlier on Wednesday, and was made by a three-man tribunal panel who deemed the referee's initial decision to be correct.
A statement from the club was expected to follow and was released on Wednesday evening, with Inverness left irate at the decision to throw out their appeal.
"Following the decision by the three-man fast track tribunal panel to dismiss the club appeal against the yellow card awarded to James Keatings by referee Greg Aitken during Sunday’s Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup semi-final, the club has no option but to speak out publicly on behalf of our player and on behalf of the growing number of Scottish football clubs who believe that the SFA disciplinary process is not fit for purpose," the statement reads.
"In relation to the inexplicable decision to dismiss our appeal this morning, one which will see James miss the Cup Final, we would like to communicate with our support and to the many people who have contacted James and the club since Sunday.
"Our appeal was submitted on Monday morning with our payment for the right to appeal and video evidence of 3 different angles of the incident, with the most enlightening angle shown at full speed and also in slow motion.
"The referee also submitted his reply to the appeal and within that, he states that from his angle, he believed there had been no contact made by the defender on James and this led him to believe that James had thrown himself to the ground in an attempt to deceive him, therefore he deemed it to be an act of simulation, hence the decision.
"We do not want to question anyone’s integrity in this statement and therefore if we set what we do or do not believe aside, it could certainly be argued that this position is plausible.
"The video evidence however removes all doubt from the situation and it was this evidence with which we confidently based our case on.
"As far as we were concerned, once the three-man panel viewed the video evidence, coupled with the fact that the referee himself was stating that he only made the decision based on his personal view, albeit that he was only a few yards away and not the vastly superior and different video angles, justice and sporting integrity would surely prevail.
The statement concludes: "This decision has cost our player the chance to play in a national cup final, not something that comes along every week, to the detriment of the player, his team mates, the club and our fans.
"We believe it also damages the credibility of our governing body and brings the game into disrepute. The decision is plainly wrong and the dogs in the street know this. We have no right to appeal this final decision and it is painful to accept.
"As a club we have been contacted by Chairmen, Chief Executives, Directors and fans of other clubs today in a completely unique show of support and solidarity with James Keatings and ICTFC.
"As appreciated as this has been undoubtedly been, it does not change the fact that there is clearly something wrong with the system. If it is not addressed, we are all responsible for the continuing denigration of our standards, our supporters view of the national game and sporting integrity in Scottish football."