Butcher’s goal is to now avoid Lunny at all costs

Hibs boss Terry Butcher will be in the stand on Saturday. Pic: SNS
Hibs boss Terry Butcher will be in the stand on Saturday. Pic: SNS
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Terry Butcher has admitted that he never wants to see the SFA’s compliance officer Vincent Lunny again after he partially won his appeal against a two-match touchline ban and a £1000 fine.

The Hibs manager had his sentence reduced to an immediate one-match ban, meaning he will be in the stand rather than the dugout for St Johnstone’s visit to Easter Road on Saturday. The former England captain hopes that yesterday’s hearing at Hampden will be the last time he bumps into Lunny.

“It was a serious matter and I admitted my guilt and a breach of the rule,” he said. “I don’t ever want to see Vincent Lunny again, and he is the same with me – the feeling is mutual. [Club secretary] Gary O’Hagan and [chairman] Rod Petrie did a great job for me in terms of my defence so I am happy with that.

“I actually got a letter from a supporter saying ‘please don’t get in trouble again’, as it’s not dignified as a Hibernian manager, and that’s quite right, but I wasn’t Hibs manager at the time [of the offence] so my record here is still clean.

“I’ve only been up in front of the SFA twice under the new rules, and once before that. The first one was to do with a penalty decision which should have been given. I said that even a Martian holidaying in Uranus would have seen it, and they banned me for it.”

Butcher did admit that there is another person who will be happy that his £1000 fine was quashed – his wife Rita. “I can buy Rita a better Christmas present than she was getting before,” he joked. “I can also go shopping on Saturday now. Rita will be delighted with the result of the hearing.”