SFA punishes Rangers and Hibernian after touchline bust-up

SFA have punished Rangers and Hibernian after the Gers’ coach Tom Culshaw and Hibs assistant John Potter engaged in a heated exchange in a December match between the two sides at Easter Road, as per the Daily Record.

The incident happened after Hibs’ Ryan Porteous was sent off with both technical areas then getting involved in a furious touchline bust-up.

The governing body reviewed the footage and they have now decided to punish both clubs.

As a result, the Ibrox coach Culshaw has been given a two-game ban with one suspended for his part in the furious bust-up, which means he will be in the stands for Rangers’ next game against Hamilton.

While Potter and Hibs have escaped with a lighter punishment, having been hit with a suspended £1500 fine and a censure.

The Edinburgh club manager Jack Ross insisted later that the two sides did not have any bad blood and the unfortunate incident could be attributed to the heat of the moment.

He said:

“It’s just like anything that happens on the pitch, when I played I always viewed it that when the game was done it was done.

“I’ve always taken that view point from the touchline. The disciplinary side of things is Thursday, it’s maybe a little bit different that that’s been allowed to drag on for that long.

“I take pride in how we conduct ourselves and I think we let ourselves down a little bit and we spoke about it. It’s not as if it’s a consistent problem for us, it happens in the heat of games.”

The two sides locked horns at Ibrox in a rematch on Wednesday with Gerrard’s side once again prevailing by 2-1.

Paul Hanlon scored the first goal for his side but strikes from George Edmundson and Ianis Hagi meant another important victory for the Light Blues to maintain their title race with rivals Celtic.

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