St Mirren boss Gary Teale hit with SFA charge

St Mirren interim manager Gary Teale. Picture: SNS
St Mirren interim manager Gary Teale. Picture: SNS
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ST MIRREN manager Gary Teale has been issued with a Scottish Football Association disciplinary charge after questioning whether Yoann Arquin was the victim of a premeditated red card.

Teale was hit with a notice of complaint for his comments following his side’s 2-1 Scottish Premiership defeat by Dundee on January 24.

Teale initially complained that Dundee’s equaliser was offside and criticised referee Steven McLean for Arquin’s dismissal.

The former Ross County player was booked for a challenge before receiving a second yellow card for simulation after appearing to stumble over in the penalty box.

The red card was Arquin’s second in his first three matches for the Buddies but the first, against Ross County, was rescinded following an appeal by St Mirren.

Teale has been accused of breaching rule 72 by “criticising the performance of the match officials in a manner which indicated bias or incompetence on their part”.

In the offending interview, which was posted on the Scottish Professional Football League’s official YouTube channel, Teale said the failure to give offside against Gary Irvine “beggars belief”.

He then said: “I’m a wee bit cynical in terms of Yoann’s two bookings, I thought they were very, very harsh.

“I don’t know if it was preempted by the referees because we had the one rescinded last week but to book him for the two things that he booked him for, I’m extremely disappointed.”

Teale later apologised to McLean after recognising Irvine had been onside and also vowed to compose himself before giving post-match interviews.

The former Scotland international faces a Hampden hearing on February 11.

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