Motherwell boss wins ban appeal

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Stuart McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has won his challenge against a proposed one-match ban following his dismissal against Aberdeen last month.

McCall rejected the Scottish Football Association compliance officer's offer of a ban and was successful in a hearing with a panel at Hampden on Thursday.

The club confirmed on their Twitter account: "Stuart McCall has been found not guilty at the hearing and will not face any suspension resulting from Aberdeen game on 11 March."

McCall was alleged to have breached rule 203, which includes offences such as the repeated use of abusive and insulting language and adopting an aggressive attitude towards match officials or calling their integrity into question.

The Motherwell boss was "amazed and angered" after being sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson halfway through his side's 2-1 William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat after commenting on the decision to award Aberdeen the corner that led to Rory Fallon's early opener.

McCall said the following day: "When coming off the park, I calmly spoke to Craig and said I was disappointed he had not used his game intelligence to award us a free-kick after obviously coming to the wrong conclusion by awarding the corner.

"He replied that he couldn't just invent a free-kick decision which is fair comment, but it is widely used throughout football and is recognised by both players and managers when such an obvious injustice occurs.

"My final comment of 'when you see it on TV, you will be embarrassed' is the quote I was sent to the stands for.

"As a player, the maximum punishment for such a mild comment would be a yellow card at absolute most, so to stop me doing my job in the second half, in my opinion, was totally wrong and a complete over-reaction.''

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