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Shiels not expecting touchline ban
Published : 14 Feb 2013 10:46:55Rss feed
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels claimed he would not be receiving a new touchline ban despite being sent to the stand in the dying moments of his side's 1-1 draw at Inverness.
Shiels was sent off just after Borja Perez had earned Killie an unlikely Clydesdale Bank Premier League point with their first shot on target. The Northern Irishman - on his return from a four-match ban - reacted angrily after feeling Rory McKenzie had been felled in the box.
Bobby Madden sent Shiels off but the Killie boss was reassured by the referee after the game that the resulting action will not spark a third ban in recent months - although he may have to go through a Scottish Football Association hearing first, and has a suspended ban hanging over him.
Shiels said: "I was frustrated he didn't give the penalty and I turned round and kicked fresh air and there was a bottle lying on its belly and it touched the bottle.
"I said, 'Look, I didn't mean to kick the bottle'. But the rule has been changed because Neil Lennon and Steve Lomas had theirs rescinded. Neil Lennon kicked a bottle here and didn't get anything done against him. But then I'm not Neil Lennon."
Shiels, who initially stood on a seat in the front row of the stand, added: "Nothing will be done. The referee said it was just protocol. The fourth official said, 'We have to do this because there is someone watching me up in the stand'.
"He said, 'Don't worry about it - nothing will be done.It's a ridiculous ruling'."
Inverness boss Terry Butcher was raging with his side's last-minute collapse, which came when Borja slotted home James Dayton's cross. They had numerous chances before and after Nick Ross converted Aaron Doran's cross from close range in the 21st minute.
"I'm bitterly disappointed," Butcher said. "We dominated the game and if it was a boxing match Kilmarnock would have been counted out.
"I expect my back four to hold out and not dive in. That was their only shot on target and we have had countless chances to win it. To say I'm disappointed is the understatement of the year."