Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom handed touchline ban by SFA

Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has been handed a three-match ban, with one match suspended, after his sending off in the 1-1 draw with Celtic last month.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 5:08 pm

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An SFA disciplinary tribunal made the decision on Thursday afternoon after Heckingbottom was charged with breaching Disciplinary Rule 203, which states that "No member of Team Staff shall commit Misconduct at a match".

The one suspended match ban will expire at the end of the season.

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Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom.

The head coach was given a red card by referee Kevin Clancy shortly after the visitors equalised during the match with the reigning champions a Easter Road.

Heckingbottom was incensed after it appeared the whistler had allowed Celtic to restart with a drop ball following a stoppage in play with Hibs in possession, which led to Neil Lennon's men equalising through Ryan Christie.

In actual fact, Clancy had awarded a free-kick to the visitors on the advice of the fourth official, though Heckingbottom insists this wasn't properly communicated to his players.

The former Barnsley manager kicked a water bottle in frustration which struck the assistant referee.