09 Mar Aberdeen: McInnes to appeal one-match ban
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will appeal a one-match ban from the SFA for “offensive, abusing and insulting” language towards match officials.
McInnes allegedly made comments of that nature during the 1-0 win over Dundee United.
The Aberdeen boss was also sent to the stand by referee Bobby Madden after venting his frustration at fourth official Barry Cook following the decision to disallow the Dons’ goal in the first half.
Madden felt that Graeme Shinnie dived in an attempt to win a penalty before Niall McGinn had stuck the ball in the back of the net.
McInnes was incensed by that decision but after the game he showed contrition.
He told the BBC: “I was probably a bit too animated with what I said to the fourth official and I have apologised to him for my part in it.
“For me, there is nothing wrong with it, but obviously the referee has felt there was.
“He has obviously felt that Graeme Shinnie has made the most of it and maybe jumped into the challenge.
“For me, it was clear. I actually thought at the start the referee was pulling it back to award us a penalty, which I was annoyed about at the time.
“But then I realised he was going to book Graeme, who I thought had been fouled in the box.”
McInnes’ rejected the offer of a one-match ban and the appeal will be heard on March 24.
An SFA statement said that McInnes had breached disciplinary rule 203: “In that on or around the 37th minute of the above match you committed misconduct and used offensive, abusing and insulting language towards the Match Officials.”