McCoist ban overturned

12 April 2011 03:30

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist has won his appeal against a two-match ban handed out by the Scottish Football Association following his altercation with Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

The pair were charged with misconduct by the SFA as a result of their angry exchange following the Scottish Cup replay at Celtic Park on March 2.

McCoist appealed against the punishment, allowing him to operate from the technical area in last month's Co-operative Insurance Cup final victory. The ban has now been overturned by the SFA following a meeting of their disciplinary committee at Hampden on Tuesday.

The verdict was welcomed by McCoist, who felt he had no case to answer.

He told "I am pleased that the SFA accepted what we had to say on the matter.

"I didn't believe I had a case to answer and I am delighted with the outcome.

"As I have said before what happened at the game is in the past and we've moved on.

"My focus now is the same as our entire squad - to win our remaining games in the league."

Earlier in the day El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra escaped without further bans for their part in the same game but were fined and warned over their future conduct by the Scottish Football Association.

Diouf was fined £5,000 by the governing body, while Bougherra was fined £2,500. Both players were red-carded in the match.

Source: PA