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SFA to name new Scotland manager on Monday

Hampden chiefs will wait no longer than Monday to identify Alex McLeish’s replacement. The Scottish Football Association will step up their hunt for the next Scotland boss over the weekend and could yet turn to Derek McInnes. Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than Monday to identify the man they want to be Alex McLeish’s replacement. The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced on Tuesday, May 28, and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to draw up his first selection. It appeared Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke had moved into pole position to land the role after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack claimed Reds manager McInnes had told his current employers he ...

Celtic and Rangers fined by SFA following Old Firm confrontation

Players, staff and stewards all tussled after Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 at Parkhead at the end of March. Celtic and Rangers have both been fined £7,500 over the on-field confrontation which followed their latest meeting. The clubs received the same punishment at a Scottish Football Association disciplinary hearing after being accused of breaching rule 204 – where three or more players and/or members of team staff are involved in a confrontation with the opposition. Players and staff from both sides, as well as stewards, were involved in pushing and jostling after Rangers left-back Andy Halliday confronted Celtic skipper Scott Brown over his celebrations immediately after the final whistle sounded on a 2-1 win for the Ladbrokes Premiership champions at Parkhead on March 31. Wes Foderingham gr...

Steve Clarke to contest SFA charge after comment about referee

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke will contest his latest Scottish Football Association charge following his rant at referee Steven McLean last week. Stuart Findlay, Kirk Broadfoot and Rory McKenzie were sent off in the 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership defeat by Aberdeen at Rugby Park – the latter’s red card rescinded on appeal – and afterwards Clarke described the official’s performance as “the worst” he had ever seen. The former West Brom boss called for McLean never to officiate at a Kilmarnock match again, claiming the fact that his father Stuart was a former player at the club had again affected his performance in a game involving the Ayrshire outfit. Clarke’s hearing date is Thursday, May 9. He was given a suspended two-game ban in October for criticising the Sco...

Derek McInnes: ‘Bigger teams treated unfairly by SFA’

Derek McInnes had few complaints about Aberdeen‘s disciplinary charge – but is concerned bigger clubs are penalised because of their profile. Aberdeen and Hearts were hit by a Scottish Football Association charge over confrontations involving three or more players following the Jambos’ 2-1 win last weekend. Both teams had two players booked after Dom Ball’s challenge on Jake Mulraney sparked a melee. Rangers and Celtic received the same charge from the SFA following their derby clash, and McInnes is looking for consistency. “I’m obviously disappointed that we have been cited,” said McInnes, whose team face Ladbrokes Premiership bottom club Dundee on Saturday. “I don’t know what the club’s stance is on it but if that’s the rules th...

Craig Levein warns SFA against endangering competitiveness with fines

Hearts were charged by the SFA this week over a confrontation in their match against Aberdeen. Hearts manager Craig Levein claims the Scottish Football Association’s disciplinary approach risks removing the competitive edge of football which is loved by fans. Hearts and Aberdeen were hit with an SFA disciplinary charge this week over a confrontation in their game last weekend, while Rangers and Celtic suffered the same fate and Hoops skipper Scott Brown also received a charge following his post-match celebrations. Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom revealed on Thursday that he was anticipating the kind of “blood and thunder” derby which he feels English football has lost when he takes his side to face Levein’s Hearts on Saturday. The former Barnsley and Leeds b...

Rangers call for ‘flawed’ disciplinary system to be reviewed by SFA

Allan McGregor’s two-game ban was upheld by the Scottish Football Association. Rangers have called for the Scottish Football Association to review their disciplinary system “as a matter of extreme urgency” after Hampden chiefs refused to overturn Allan McGregor‘s two-game ban. The Ibrox goalkeeper failed in his bid to appeal against a violent conduct charge after he was hit with retrospective punishment for kicking out at Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson. The Scotland number one rushed from his line to smother a loose ball during last week’s drama-filled Pittodrie clash but left a straight leg hanging which collided with his Dons rival’s shin. Referee Bobby Madden took no action at the time but McGregor will now miss Saturday’s home Ladbrokes Premie...

Managers and referees attend SFA meeting in Scotland

The Scottish Football Association is hosting talks between referee representatives and Ladbrokes Premiership managers following a season of controversies. SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell and compliance officer Clare Whyte were due to meet with managers at the gathering in Perth on Thursday night. Press Association Sport understands the meeting was scheduled early last month, before Celtic called for the SFA to allow referee John Beaton to explain why he took no action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos following a series of derby incidents. The likes of Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock have also been critical of the SFA disciplinary procedures and Hearts manager Craig Levein has been vocal about refereeing standards. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was hoping to get some clarity on cer...

Rangers hit with five SFA disciplinary charges after criticising referee

The Ibrox club launched a formal complaint against Willie Collum. Rangers have been hit with five Scottish Football Association disciplinary charges following their criticism of referee Willie Collum. The Ibrox club launched a formal complaint against Collum and publicly criticised the match official and the SFA appeals process after failing to overturn a second yellow card received by Daniel Candeias against St Mirren. Rangers have been accused of criticising a match official in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence; bringing the game into disrepute; not acting in the best interests of football; and two other charges which partly relate to sportsmanship and acting towards the SFA with good faith. The club have been given until next Tuesday to respond with a hearing pencilled in f...

Canning refuses to criticise SFA referee chief Fleming over Rangers setback

Hamilton manager Martin Canning refused to have a go at Scotland’s head of referees over the double penalty setback that cost his side against Rangers. But Canning remains adamant that Andrew Dallas should not have penalised Alex Penny for handball when the referee was unsure. Television footage backed up Canning’s claims that Rangers skipper James Tavernier fouled Mickel Miller in the box in the first half of Accies’ 4-1 defeat on Sunday. And it also appeared to show the ball bouncing off Penny’s thigh rather than hand ahead of the spot-kick decision that allowed Tavernier to put Rangers 2-1 ahead from the spot with nine minutes left. Canning spoke to John Fleming, the Scottish Football Association’s head of referees, but his main concern was that Dallas had made an assumption over the ha...

Jordan Jones facing SFA ban over alleged dive

The winger won a penalty to beat Dundee. Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones has been charged with diving by the Scottish Football Association. Jones has been hit with a notice of complaint over the penalty incident which led to his team’s winner at Dundee on Saturday and faces a two-match ban if the case is proven. Dundee manager Neil McCann insisted there was no contact after Jones went down under the attention of Cammy Kerr before Eamonn Brophy netted from the spot to earn KIllie a 2-1 win. The SFA charge said: “No player shall cause a match official to make an incorrect decision and/or support an error of judgement on the part of a match official by an act of simulation which results in that player’s team obtaining a substantial advantage.” Jones will face a hearing on Thursday and the form...

SFA chief condemns ‘primitive act’ which injured assistant referee

The Scottish Football Association has called for an end to the type of “primitive act” that saw one of its match officials injured during Sunday’s game between Livingston and Rangers. Assistant referee Calum Spence suffered a wound to the back of his head after a missile was thrown from among the Rangers support during Livingston’s 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Police are investigating the incident, which left Spence requiring medical treatment before continuing. SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “This kind of primitive act – whether something is thrown at players, staff or officials – should be driven out of the game. “We all have a responsibility to behave in a responsible manner and respect the game we all love. “At a time when there is so much to be posi...

SFA are urged to investigate missile-throwing incident at Livingston

Linesman Calum Spence required treatment after being struck during Sunday’s game against Rangers. By Andy Newport, Press Association SportFiled: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 17:06 UK Last Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 22:16 UK Union chiefs representing Scotland’s referees have called on the SFA to investigate Sunday’s missile attack on linesman Calum Spence. The assistant referee was targeted as he ran the line during Livingston’s shock 1-0 win over Rangers at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Spence was struck by an object thrown from the East Stand, which housed the travelling Gers support. Now the Prospect Scotland Football Referees Branch, the professional trade union for senior football referees in Scotland, has called on Hampden bosses to probe the matter. In a statement posted on t...

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