Strachan to launch fresh appeal over suspension

September 25, 2007

Celtic will appeal after confirming they are unhappy with the Scottish Football Association's decision to halve Gordon Strachan's four-match touchline ban.

The Scottish champions wanted Strachan's suspension overturned rather than reduced at a Hampden hearing today.

But officials at the SFA disciplinary meeting upheld the case against the Celtic boss, who was banished to the stand in the game against Hearts at Parkhead on April 29 after an altercation with referee Stuart Dougal.

The Celtic boss was found guilty of misconduct but the benefit of putting his side of events was seeing the ban cut to two games.

A Celtic spokesperson said: 'Clearly the club is surprised and disappointed with the decision and we will be lodging an appeal.'

Strachan, who served a two-match ban after a bust-up at Tynecastle in August 2006, faces a third ban after being sent to the stand by Charlie Richmond following an argument with a steward at Pittodrie in August.

However the latter case will now be put back, with Celtic due to submit their appeal against today's verdict in time for Strachan to be in the dug-out for tomorrow night's CIS Insurance Cup tie at Dundee.

SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell said: 'There is an automatic four-match suspension on an official who has been found guilty for the second time of misconduct in the technical area.

'Gordon Strachan chose to appeal against that four-match ban and presented his case to the disciplinary committee and the outcome was a two-match suspension.

'This been applied with immediate effect which takes in the CIS Cup match tomorrow and the next league match.

'The committee has the discretion to impose whatever sanction it sees fit.

'But he has a right to appeal should he so choose and if he chooses to take it further it will go to an independent appeals tribunal.

'He obviously has to appeal by tomorrow evening.

'It is in everyone's interests to resolve this case to a final conclusion before addressing the next one.'