McNa­mara ap­peals ban


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.

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

McNa­mara was pun­ished for mis­con­duct by “re­peated use of of­fen­sive, in­sult­ing and abu­sive lan­guage” af­ter his touch­line row with the St Johnstone man­ager 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”.

The for­mer Dundee United, Celtic and Middlesbrough goal­keeper Rolando Ugolini has died at the age of 89 at his Ed­in­burgh home.

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