Falkirk assistant Maybury suspended and boss Houston cited by SFA after Rangers rammy

Referee John McKendrick meets  Falkirk assistants James McDonaugh and Alan Maybury and boss Peter Houston on the touchline after full-time at Ibrox.
Referee John McKendrick meets Falkirk assistants James McDonaugh and Alan Maybury and boss Peter Houston on the touchline after full-time at Ibrox.

Falkirk assistant manager Alan Maybury has been suspended for one game by the SFA – but Peter Houston has yet to respond to the charge from the association after the refereeing fall-out at Ibrox.

Boss Houston blasted match ref John McKendrick in the aftermath of the 3-1 defeat to the league leaders, saying the whistler “one hundred per cent” cost Falkirk a draw.

That has seen the SFA complaince officer respond with the offer of a one match suspension to Maybury for offensive, abusing and insulting language which the player-coach has accepted.

Houston has been cited for comments made on the club’s in-house TV station Falkirk TV where he ‘criticised the decisions and performance of the Match Officials in such a way as to indicate bias and incompetence on their part, and which also impinged upon their character.’

He is scheduled to appear at Hampden on Thursday, October 29 for a hearing, but has until next Tuesday to respond.

The notice of complaint is as follows:

The Compliance Officer has issued the following Notices of Complaint:

Complaint 1

Alleged Party in Breach: Peter Houston (Manager, Falkirk FC)

Disciplinary Rule allegedly breached:

Disciplinary Rule 72: In that on 3rd October 2015, following on from the SPFL Championship match between Rangers and Falkirk, in an interview with Falkirk TV, you criticised the decisions and performance of the Match Officials in such a way as to indicate bias and incompetence on their part, and which also impinged upon their character.

Principal hearing date: Thursday 29th October 2015

Mr Houston has until Tuesday 13th October to respond to the complaint.

Complaint 2

Alleged Party in Breach: Alan Maybury (Coach, Falkirk FC)

Match: Rangers v Falkirk (SPFL Championship) – Saturday 3rd October 2015

Disciplinary Rule allegedly breached:

Disciplinary Rule 203: In that immediately after the above match you did commit misconduct and did use offensive abusing and insulting language towards the Match Referee.

Fixed suspension offered: Yes – one match

Outcome: Mr Maybury has accepted the one match suspension