Falkirk for­ward O’hara is handed eight-match ban for Shiels abuse

L Striker’s com­ments un­der­stood to be about Dun­fermline player hav­ing one eye

The Scotsman - - Sports Digest - By GAVIN MCCAFFERTY AL­LAN JOHN­STON “I think it was [a] need­less [red card] but there was maybe poor re­marks get­ting made to Deano”

0 Falkirk’s Kevin O’hara is be­lieved to have ver­bally abused Dun­fermline’s Dean Shiels about los­ing an eye. Shiels was later sent off for a tackle on Falkirk’s Joe Mckee. Falkirk for­ward Kevin O’hara has been banned for eight matches for ver­bally abus­ing Dun­fermline’s Dean Shiels.

It is be­lieved O’hara made com­ments re­lat­ing to the fact that Shiels had an eye re­moved ear­lier in his ca­reer. The for­mer Rangers and North­ern Ire­land mid­fielder un­der­went surgery in 2006 after los­ing sight in one eye in a do­mes­tic ac­ci­dent when he was eight years old.

O’hara, 19, re­ceived the sus­pen­sion for “ex­ces­sive mis­con­duct” fol­low­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing in front of a three­man panel con­vened by the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

A Falkirk spokesman said: “The club take note of the de­ci­sion made by the Scot­tish FA Ju­di­cial Panel and are in the process of re­quest­ing the writ­ten rea­sons. No fur­ther com­ment will be made at this time.”

An­other Falkirk player, Joe Mckee, faces a sim­i­lar charge next week but O’hara had asked for his hear­ing to be brought for­ward.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing Falkirk’s 2-0 Irn-bru Cup vic­tory over their arch-ri­vals on 7 Oc­to­ber. Shiels was sent off deep into stop­page-time for a chal­lenge on Mckee.

Speak­ing about the red card after the match, Dun­fermline man­ager Al­lan John­ston said: “I think it was need­less but there was maybe poor re­marks get­ting made to Deano. It is some­thing that we prob­a­bly speak to him about. He shouldn’t re­act, no mat­ter what is be­ing said to him.”

The sides met again on Satur­day and Dun­fermline had two men sent off dur­ing a 1-1 Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship draw at the Falkirk Sta­dium. Kal­lum Hig­gin­botham was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for a chal­lenge on Mckee be­fore De­clan Mcmanus was sent off for push­ing Aaron Muir­head after the de­fender had fouled Shiels.

The first meet­ing of the clubs this sea­son also pro­duced two red cards, with Falkirk pair Craig Sib­bald and Lee Miller both sent off in a 3-1 league win for Dun­fermline at East End Park in Au­gust.

The sides face each other again on 2 Jan­uary in Fife.

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