Dundee United's resigned chairman under investigation

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Jim McLean, who resigned as Dundee United chairman after reportedly striking a journalist, could face a stiff fine, suspension or expulsion from the Scottish Football Association.

Jim McLean, who resigned as Dundee United chairman after reportedly striking a journalist, could face a stiff fine, suspension or expulsion from the Scottish Football Association.

McLean reportedly struck BBC Scotland reporter John Barnes after Dundee United's 4-0 loss Saturday to Hearts, leaving United without a victory after 11 games and in last place in Scotland's Premier League.

Shortly after the incident, the club issued as statement which said: "Mr James McLean has resigned as chairman and managing director of Dundee United Football Club. The board of directors will meet next week and a further statement will be made in due course."

The Scottish Football Association said it was examining the case and would comment this week.

"We cannot comment on the situation at the moment because all we have are allegations and we are not going to pre-judge anything at this stage," an SFA spokesman said.

"The SFA Council has the power to fine, suspend or expel any club official under its jurisdiction who, in its opinion, in any way brings the game into disrepute. This is a matter which will be considered by the SFA this week."

The Scottish Premier League said it would discuss the incident at a Thursday board meeting "following which any appropriate action will be taken," a league spokesman said.

The incident reportedly occurred when McLean reacted angrily to questions about manager Alex Smith.

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