Old Firm pair receive dugout bans

10 March 2011 05:59
Rangers assistant Ally McCoist will watch the Co-operative Insurance Cup final from the stand after being given a two-match touchline ban.Celtic boss Neil Lennon - already banned for the match - will miss an extra four matches after the pair clashed after the last Old Firm game. [LNB]Lennon's sanction is heavier as it is his second misconduct offence, while it is the first of the season for McCoist. [LNB]McCoist returns after 20 March, but Lennon must wait until mid-April. [LNB]Both Lennon and McCoist are able to contest the bans, and once appeals are lodged the automatic sanctions are set aside pending the outcome of the appeals. [LNB]Rangers players El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra have also been informed that they will be referred to the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee on 12 April, for 'misconduct of a significantly serious nature'. [LNB]Bougherra was seen grabbing the arm of referee Calum Murray as he was sent off in the Scottish Cup meeting with Celtic at Parkhead on 12 March. [LNB]Diouf was given a second yellow card after the full-time whistle for dissent. [LNB]Lennon had already appealed against another six-game suspension, which was reduced to four following a successful appeal. [LNB]On that charge, Lennon was found guilty of "excessive misconduct" following an altercation with fourth official Steven McLean in an away defeat by Hearts in November. [LNB]But Celtic were angered by the length of the suspension, which was a two-match automatic suspension plus a further four matches for excessive misconduct. [LNB]Lennon's original ban began on Saturday against Hamilton and will now run to the first match after the SPL split. [LNB]McCoist's ban will begin with Sunday's league match at Ibrox against Kilmarnock.

Source: BBC_Sport