Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has been hit with a four match ban by the SFA for misconduct during the closing stages of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.
Fenlon was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson after he was seen to aim a gesture in the general direction of celebrating Hearts fans who were taunting him by singing ‘There’s only on Pat Fenlon.’
After the match he denied that the gesture was directed at fans, and claimed that his frustration was with his own players.
The former Bohs boss claimed: “I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. We kept giving the ball away cheaply. I don’t know what they were singing to be honest. There is a hell of a lot made in relation to the gesture. I didn’t get to speak to the referee. He was the last person I wanted to speak to. It was frustration with the way we were playing. The referee said it was the police, but I spoke to the police who said that they had nothing to do with it so it’s disappointing.”
A judicial panel took place yesterday with the outcome being a four match suspension, with two matches effective immediately and the other two games suspended until the end of the season. Those games will come into effect if Fenlon is found guilty of another breach of rule 203 involving any type of misconduct.
Meanwhile Hibs fans have voted overwhelmingly against a Newco Rangers being allowed into the SPL. Over 99.32% on Fan’s forum Hibs.net and 98.65% on Hibees Bounce which consists of over 1000 individual votes have demanded that the Glasgow Giants resume in the third division, and many supporters have vowed to return season tickets should Chairman Rod Petrie vote in favour of allowing Rangers back.
Mike Riley, chairman of the Hibs Supporters Clubs said: “I think the majority view among the Hibs supporters is that Rangers should be punished and punished severely. They have done wrong and they should stand up and take whatever comes their way. Whatever way the vote goes it is going to cause ructions in Scottish football for a long time to come. For them to come back as a Newco and go straight back into the SPL would upset a lot of people and I know a lot of Hibs fans who would be very unhappy if that were to be the case.
They are due many clubs money so everyone is being dragged into it. I think at the moment they are getting what they deserve.”
Petrie who is currently with the SFA in Poland has already hinted that he would support the wishes of the fans and is on record as saying: “That’s fundamental to us at our club, to make sure the integrity of the game is not called into question and that the sporting integrity of the competition we take part in is maintained at the highest standards. It’s not a question of any sum of money in return for that integrity; integrity is beyond purchase.
It’s important that all clubs can have a place within football provided they have earned it in a sporting sense and also have abided by the rules.”
The twelve SPL clubs will vote on the issue when a meeting can be arranged and a Newco Rangers need eight votes to regain their place after the old company went into liquidation yesterday.
On the playing front, midfield hard-man Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott has agreed to join his former club Ross County on loan. The 26 year old was signed by Colin Calderwood but has hardly played following a training ground bust up with Sean Welsh which resulted in the youngster receiving a broken jaw. Fenlon sent Scott on ‘gardening leave’ toward the end of the season.
The club have been linked with Tim Clancy, a 28 year old defender originally from Trim in County Meath, who left Motherwell after failing to agree terms with manager Stuart McCall.