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Shiels given four-match touchline ban

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been handed a four-match touchline ban by the Scottish Football Association.

The Northern Irishman was charged with bringing the game into disrepute after inferring Celtic had a “massive influence” on SFA disciplinary hearings during an interview in April.

He has subsequently been found guilty by Scottish football’s governing body, though two games of his sanction have been suspended until the end of next season.

Kilmarnock were also found guilty over their failure to control Shiels, who has faced the SFA’s wrath on several previous occasions.

The club’s penalty will be decided on June 21.

The 57-year-old was last handed a four-match ban by the SFA in December 2012, after expressing doubt over the integrity of referee Euan Norris.

Shiels stepped up from his role as assistant manager with the Scottish Premier League side to take sole charge following the departure of Mixu Paatelainen in 2011.

He subsequently oversaw the shock 2012 Scottish League Cup final win over Celtic at Hampden Park, Kilmarnock’s first trophy win in 15 years.

Thu 6 Jun, 2013
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