Football: Burns sent to stand for a year
Burns has his case considered in his absence yesterday in Glasgow by a disciplinary committee meeting, which ruled on a touchline temper tantrum during an Old Firm defeat at Celtic Park last November.
Burns had raced along the pitch in pursuit of an assistant referee, Eric Martindale, before being restrained. He was later sent to the stand by the referee, Hugh Dallas. Yesterday the SFA considered the case without making public its decision, but sources confirmed that Burns will now have to sit in the stand for the next 12 months.
Burns was also fined pounds 2,000 to add to a previous fine of pounds 3,000 which was imposed earlier this season, but was cut on appeal to pounds 2,000. The Celtic manager, whose previous record always left him liable to a ban on this occasion, declined to comment on the decision which will leave his assistant, Billy Stark, in control on the touchline.
The Hearts manager, Jim Jefferies, appeared before the committee in person and left with a pounds 500 fine. The same fine was handed out to the Airdrie manager, Alec MacDonald, while the former Scotland and West Ham full-back, Ray Stewart, now the assistant manager of Stirling Albion, has been banned from the touchline until the end of the season.
Jefferies clashed with Dallas and an assistant referee, Alan Freeland, after Hearts lost the Coca-Cola Cup final to Rangers 4-3 at Celtic Park last November. Jefferies claimed Hearts should have been awarded a foul in the lead-up to a Paul Gascoigne goal for Rangers, but neither Freeland nor referee Dallas signalled for the offence.
"We were pretty hyped up that day about a particular decision and we let our feelings be known, perhaps over-zealously," Jefferies said. He accepted his fine but was in agreement that a change is possibly required to prevent a repeat of the scenes in the immediate aftermath of the final. Hearts and their management were kept waiting on the pitch until a rostrum was assembled at Celtic Park for the trophy presentation to Rangers. It was during this break that Jefferies had to be restrained by colleagues from taking his grievances with the officials further.
"I think there might be lessons to be learned," Jefferies said. "It might be wiser to take players inside to the dressing-rooms first and then have the presentation thereafter."
Stewart has been banned from the dug-out until next season after a row with officials during Stirling's 5-2 defeat at Falkirk. MacDonald was fined pounds 500 for "using foul language" to an assistant referee after Airdrie's match at St Mirren.
Latest in Sport
The Prince of Wales Stakes today is regarded by many as the No1 race of the Royal Ascot meeting and ...
by Gareth Purnell
19 June 2013 02:01 AM
Today’s St James Palace looks a cracker and there has been sustained money for Dawn Approach since t...
by Gareth Purnell
18 June 2013 02:01 AM
Newcastle don’t need a football director – they need a new medical team after finishing bottom of the injury league
Newcastle United have shocked their fans by appointing Joe Kinnear as director of football but new f...
by Alex Miller
17 June 2013 04:39 PM
ACT Brumbies v British and Irish Lions - player ratings
Premier League fixture list unveiled: David Moyes and Jose Mourinho on an early collision course
Liverpool expected to complete deal for £6m Spanish winger Luis Alberto in next 48 hours
In pictures: Royal Ascot 2013 - Opening day
Exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo advised to stay at Real Madrid for further 18 months before making possible switch to Manchester United
- 4 We never knew Nigella Lawson - and we still don’t
£500 - £600 per day: Orgtel: FX Options Front Office Java / C# Developer - Ba...
£600 - £700 per day: Orgtel: Project Manager - Front Office - Regulatory IT C...
£33000 - £35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: NQTs required now fo...