Di Canio banned for derby incident

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Paolo Di Canio of Celtic has been given a one-match ban following incidents after the Old Firm game on Sunday. The Italian was given the punishment by the Scottish Football Association, who acted on referee Hugh Dallas' report into the game with Rangers.

Di Canio was shown the yellow card after he squared up to Ian Ferguson following the final whistle at Parkhead, which technically added up to a sending-off for the former Milan player, after an earlier booking during the game.

Di Canio, likely to be fined pounds 12,000 in wages by Celtic, will have to sit on the sidelines for Saturday's League match with Dunfermline at East End Park.

An inquiry into the events at Parkhead looks set to be ordered by the chief executive of the SFA, Jim Farry, and the likelihood is that Di Canio, Mark Hateley, the Rangers striker who was sent off for a head-butt, and possibly the managers of both teams could be called to appear before the SFA's next disciplinary committee.

An SFA spokesman said: "Di Canio was mentioned in the referee's report for having committed an offence which was the equivalent of a caution. Since he also received one during the match, the player is automatically suspended from the next match."

Meanwhile, Tommy Burns, the Celtic manager, has dismissed speculation Di Canio is ready to leave Glasgow and move to the Premiership. "This is absolute rubbish," Burns said. "Paolo is under contract and has never said anything, other than how much it means to him to be a Celtic player."

Rangers have also been caught up in a flurry of transfer stories, with reports in Glasgow claiming the Ibrox club are ready to bring back their former striker Duncan Ferguson from Everton.

The controversial Scotland international was sold to Goodison Park over two years ago for pounds 4.5m, but Everton's manager Joe Royle has apparently become disillusioned with the injury-prone striker, who has scored only nine times this season. However, Ferguson's last spell in Glasgow ended with him receiving a jail sentence for his behaviour on and off the pitch and it is debatable whether he would want to return.

South of the border, David Busst, the Coventry defender whose career was ended a year ago by injury, has been assured of a good benefit match by Manchester United.

Busst suffered horrific leg injuries playing for Coventry at Old Trafford last Easter, and Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has agreed to send a United side to play a Coventry City XI in a benefit at Highfield Road on 16 May.

Rangers' Ally McCoist and Paul Gascoigne have agreed to play and the England manager, Glenn Hoddle, will also take part.

Busst, who has undergone 15 operations on his leg, had to announce his retirement from the game on medical grounds. He expects a full-house 23,500 at Highfield Road for the game.

Busst's agent, Murdo Mackay, said: "We have had so many offers from top players that we could almost field 50-a-side. A lot of people were affected by David's injury, but they all respect the way he has handled it. We want to make it a night for him to remember."

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