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Hibs Lose Out
Seems a bit unfair that a punishment handed out to a manager will impact on his new team.
Hibs will suffer the consequences of past misdemeanours of their new manager as Terry Butcher has been hit with a two-game suspension. This means his first game in charge will be viewed from the Paisley stands as Hibs travel to take on St Mirren. Butcher was handed the ban following a pitchside confrontation during the recent Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie between his former club Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United. Inverness beat United 2-1 on 29 October to reach their second successive semi-final. However the win was marred by an altercation between the benches sparked off by the dismissal of United's Turkish striker Nadir Ciftci. Ciftci had reacted angrily to a Richie Foran tackle on team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven and the incident led to Butcher and United coach Darren Jackson being sent to the stands.The pair were charged with breaches of rule 203, for 'failing to behave in a responsible manner' and were issued with notices of complaint by SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny. The governing body's Disciplinary Tribunal considered the case and found Butcher guilty of breaching Rule 203 'Misconduct at a match by failing to behave in a responsible manner as an occupant of the technical area by acting in an aggressive manner towards players of the opposing team'. He was fined £1,000 and banned for two game, one immediate and one suspended until the end of the season which will take effect in the event of a further breach of the same rule during the period. Jackson's hearing was postponed and will be heard at a later date. Butcher's ban means his number two, Maurice Malpas will be pitchside for Saturday's game against Danny Lennon's Saints in Paisley.
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