Pressley banned for semi-final outburst

14/01/2012 pic lisa ferguson'fhs'Irn Bru First DIvision - Falkirk FC v Ayr Utd FC'Westfield Stadium'steven pressley
14/01/2012 pic lisa ferguson'fhs'Irn Bru First DIvision - Falkirk FC v Ayr Utd FC'Westfield Stadium'steven pressley
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Falkirk manager Steven Pressley will begin a four-game touchline ban on Saturday.

He was in front of the Scottish Football Association’s disciplinary panel today.

He was charged over comments made after the Communities League Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic, and also for his altercation with ref Euan Norris at half-time.

Norris banished the Bairns boss during the interval and he watched from the stands as Anthony Stokes scored twice to edge Falkirk out of the showpiece event, after goals from Jay Fulton and Scott Brown in the first half.

Pressley was handed a four-game suspension and accepted the decision, telling The Falkirk Herald “I was given a fair hearing.”

Goalkeeper Michael McGovern was also handed a two-game suspended sentence for comments made after the game.

The suspensions mean Alex Smith, Neil McFarlane and Stevie Crawford will co-ordinate the team from the technical area for home matches with Queen of the SOuth this Saturday and Partick Thistle next month.

Pressley will also be removed from the action at Somerset Park when Falkirk play Ayr United and for the big top-of-the-table clash next month with Ross County.