Derek McInnes to face SFA after denying abusing officials

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has formally denied a charge of abusing match officials during his team's 1-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice earlier this month.

Derek McInnes: Refused ban. Picture: SNS

McInnes has refused the offer of a one-match touchline ban after being cited by the SFA compliance officer for the incident which saw him sent to the stand by referee Bobby Madden on the advice of fourth official Barry Cook.

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McInnes will now challenge the ban at an SFA disciplinary hearing at Hampden on 24 March. He is alleged to have breached Rule 203, with the charge stating that: “On or around the 37th minute of the match you committed misconduct and used offensive, abusing and insulting language towards the match