Football: Miller escapes punishment

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ALEX MILLER, Scotland's assistant manager, was rewarded yesterday for a marathon drive by escaping serious punishment in front of the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee in Glasgow.

The Aberdeen manager requested a personal hearing which meant an early start and a 290-mile round trip from the national team's headquarters in Aberdeen ahead of tomorrow's game against the Faroe Islands.

After stating his case, both he and Kilmarnock's Bobby Williamson were warned about their future conduct but incurred no further action after being sent to the stand during a game with Aberdeen last April.

Campbell Money, the Stranraer manager, was also censured after being sent to the stand for his comments during a First Division match in September against Airdrie.

Hearts will appeal to Uefa against the rejection of their protest about Real Mallorca's non-regulation goalposts - their board agreed on the move after meetings over the past three days.

Douglas Dalgleish, the club's spokesman, said: "After detailed consideration, Hearts have decided to appeal against the decision of the disciplinary control body of Uefa."

Last Thursday, Uefa's Control and Disciplinary Committee dismissed the initial protest over the European Cup-Winners' Cup first round, second- leg game on 1 October.

Hearts insist they only played the fixture, which ended 1-1 for a 2-1 aggregate loss, under protest, but the decision against them explained their case was flawed on a "technicality".

It transpired, through a three-page fax sent to Tynecastle on Friday, that they failed to lodge formally their complaint in writing ahead of kick-off.

Uefa's only concession was that a disciplinary inspector will investigate the dimensions of the goalposts, both height and width, at the Luis Sitjar Stadium.

Hearts feel they were poorly advised by Knud Albertsen, the Uefa delegate on the night, and their appeal is expected to be heard in Geneva this Friday.

Chris Robinson, the Hearts chief executive, added: "We talked to both Jim Farry of the Scottish Football Association about new angles of approach yesterday and to Uefa today before making our decision."