|Full name||Paul Raymond Paton|
|Date of birth||18 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Paisley, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:17, 13 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Paul Raymond Paton (born 18 April 1987) is a professional footballer currently playing for Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership. He has previously played for Queen's Park and Partick Thistle. He represents Northern Ireland at international level.
Paton played for Queen's Park from 2005 until 2008. His displays at right back were key in Queen's winning promotion to the Second Division. He scored the goal which gave Queen's the lead in the second leg of the playoff final against East Fife at New Bayview.
On 16 April 2013 it was announced that he would follow former Thistle manager Jackie McNamara, along with Thistle teammate Chris Erskine, to join Dundee United for the start of the 2013–2014 season. Paton scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 win against Motherwell. Having established himself as a first team regular, Paton was rewarded with a contract extension at the beginning of the following season to keep him at the club until 2017. In the 2014–15 season Paton was named as SPFL Player of the Month for September 2014.
On the 18th December 2014 Paul Paton was found guilty, by a SFA Disciplinary Tribunal, of breaching Disciplinary Rule 200 "by spitting at an opponent at a match" between Dundee United and Aberdeen that took place on 13 December 2014. Paton was given a "two match suspension imposed with immediate effect".
On the same day Dundee United issued a statement on the ruling:
'Dundee United tonight confirmed that Paul Paton will be appealing the immediate two match ban handed to him by the Disciplinary Tribunal as a result of the outcome of a complaint of an alleged breach of disciplinary rule 200.
A Club spokesperson said, “The player will certainly be appealing this decision and will be given our full backing in this matter. The decision today relating to Paul Paton is incredulous. We are stunned firstly that it was brought in front of the Judicial Panel by the new Compliance Officer and secondly that the Judicial Panel have found the player guilty of something that we do not believe to have taken place. It is truly mystifying that three people in a room at Hampden Park in Glasgow on a Thursday afternoon can see something that was not seen by the referee, 1st assistant, 2nd assistant, fourth official, SPFL delegate, the managers of either team, the players of either team including the alleged villain and victim not to mention the 11,168 supporters in the stadium. As part of our original defence submission we studied enlarged video footage to ensure our player was not guilty of such an offence. We were sound in our belief that no such action had taken place and we will continue to support the player in this matter through the Appeal process.”'
On the 19th December 2014 the SFA confirmed that there is no route of appeal in their fast-track judicial system for Paton. The relevant paragraphs of the SFA judicial system state:
13.8 Effect of a Fast Track Determination
13.8.1 Subject to Paragraph 13.8.2, Determinations made under the Fast Track Procedure shall be final and binding. There shall be no right of appeal of a Determination in Fast Track Proceedings.
13.8.2 Where the subject matter of a CO Reference is an allegation of Excessive Misconduct, and the Fast Track Tribunal issues a sanction in excess of the automatic sanction generally applicable to the offence in terms of Annex C hereto, then there shall be a right of appeal to an Appellate Tribunal in terms of the provisions of Section 15.
On 1 March 2014, he was called up to the full Northern Ireland squad for their friendly international against Cyprus. He qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through his father, who was born in Larne.
- As of 13 December 2014
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In October 2014, Paton was arrested in connection with an alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska along with former Stenhousemuir goalkeeper Chris McCluskey. Two Dundee United players, Paton and Mark Wilson, had been dropped from the team pending a club investigation.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Scottish Challenge Cup and playoffs.
- "Paton confirms switch to Firhill". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Partick Thistle's Chris Erskine and Paul Paton to join Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Dundee United: Deals for Paton, Connolly and Lochhead". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
- "Dundee United's Paul Paton wins SPFL September award". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "Sammy Clingan out of N Ireland's Cyprus game because of injury". BBC Sport. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
- Paul Paton career stats at Soccerbase
- Braiden, Gerry (26 October 2014). "Scottish top flight footballer is one of two men arrested in connection with an alleged assault on Celtic player". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Dundee United: Paton and Wilson not available due to inquiry". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.