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Dundee United: McNamara in dugout for semi-final

Jackie McNamara will be in the dug out for the Scottish cup semi-final against Rangers after launching an appeal against a five-match ban. Picture: Robert Perry

Jackie McNamara will be in the dug out for the Scottish cup semi-final against Rangers after launching an appeal against a five-match ban. Picture: Robert Perry

  • by GAVIN MCCAFFERTY
 

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara is free to sit in the dugout during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers after launching an appeal against a five-match touchline ban.

United confirmed in a statement that they had submitted an appeal to the Scottish Football Association after McNamara was handed an immediate three-game ban with a further two suspended until the end of next season.

The former Scotland international was punished for misconduct by “repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language” following his touchline row with St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright during a 1-0 home defeat at Tannadice on March 12.

McNamara was unable to attend the Hampden hearing on Thursday as it clashed with his team’s training session and the SFA would not move the disciplinary panel meeting until later in the day.

Wright, who did attend the hearing, was handed a suspended one-match ban after admitting misconduct by “leaving the technical area in the absence of special circumstances and by adopting a threatening and aggressive attitude towards an opposing member of team staff”.

 

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