Kilmarnock yesterday lost their appeal against Manuel Pascali’s red card in their defeat to St Johnstone, on the same day that Rugby Park manager Kenny Shiels called on referees to face interviews after matches.
Pascali was sent off in the fifth minute of Kilmarnock’s 2-1 SPL loss on Saturday for a challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink, who later went off injured, on the half-hour mark.
Shiels was sent to the stand by referee Stevie O’Reilly after disputing the decision and the club believed they had a good chance of winning the appeal.
But a fast-track tribunal convened by the Scottish Football Association yesterday rejected the club’s position and Pascali will serve an immediate two-match ban for serious foul play. The Kilmarnock captain will miss tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round clash against Queen of the South and the visit of SPL leaders Celtic the following weekend.
The defender vented his frustration over the verdict on his Twitter account, writing: “Appeal rejected £ragin”.
Earlier, Shiels used his pre-match press conference to express a wish for referees to be interviewed after games to give them the opportunity to explain controversial decisions.
On Wednesday, Shiels was issued with two notices of complaint by the SFA’s compliance officer.
He is alleged to have breached three disciplinary rules as a result of comments he made in a radio interview and newspaper articles following the SPL defeat to Inverness on 3 November.
However, Shiels is unhappy with the way he has been treated and feels there should be better treatment of managers in general. He said: “Managers do an interview after a game by mandatory measures and referees should do interviews after a game. It gives them a chance to explain why they’ve made a decision.”
He added: “I think there has to be changes in the treatment of managers. The way Neil Lennon was treated for a lot of last season was abhorrent.
“I really feel there should be better methods of dealing with managers and more tolerance.
“Nobody likes decisions going against them in terms of the game, but certainly I’m not happy with the way I’ve been treated because I represent Kilmarnock Football Club and I don’t like my club being treated in such a way that it’s becoming too common now.”
Shiels also faces a misconduct charge for “dissent, adopting an aggressive attitude and by the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language” after being sent to the stand following a spat with fourth official Andrew Dallas over Pascali’s red card.
“I didn’t use abusive language at any time,” added Shiels. “There are too many children down in that front area for me to use abusive language and I have to respect that.
“At no time did I use abusive language and I would just like to see the referee’s report and then I can make decisions on how much further I will take it.”