Dunfermline manager Jim Jefferies has been banished to the stand for this afternoon’s match with Airdrie United after accepting the Scottish Football Association’s offer of a one-match suspension for misconduct against Falkirk.
The 62-year-old was cited by SFA compliance officer, Vincent Lunny, for a breach of Disciplinary Rule 203 – which includes leaving the technical area, dissent and calling the match official’s integrity into question – during his side’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Falkirk in December. Jefferies sarcastically applauded the officials after his side were awarded a throw-in, having felt aggrieved with previous decisions, and was then perceived to have encroached onto the pitch.
The suspension will see him leave dugout duties to assistant Gerry McCabe and coach Neil McCann today. Jefferies confirmed: “My initial grievance was that I did not carry out any dissent, and I have spoken to the compliance officer about that. However there were other aspects to the charge, and I can accept that – with the rules being as they are – I need to take the ban.”
Meanwhile, Jefferies says 35 per cent of his salary for December, which was due to be paid 12 days ago, remains outstanding. Dunfermline released a statement yesterday evening, stating that “90 per cent of total salaries have been paid, with the outstanding balances [to be]paid by Monday, January 14.”
However Jefferies confirmed that his pay-packet is still short. He said: “The 90 per cent figure refers to the staff as a whole, I have not received that much yet.” The cash-strapped club, which has also struggled to pay wages, tax bills and electrical supplier arrears, plan to launch a share issue aimed at raising between £300,000 and £500,000.