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Friday, 7 February, 2003, 18:49 GMT
No fine for Lauchlan
Jim Lauchlan is sent to the Hampden dressing-room
Jim Lauchlan was sent off in the defeat by Celtic
Ian McCall has stamped his authority on the Dundee United dressing-room - by not fining Jim Lauchlan for the sending off that effectively ended their CIS Cup semi-final hopes.

New boss McCall believes that finding himself out of the first team will be enough of a punishment for the central defender.

McCall believes that Lauchlan thoroughly deserved the straight red card he received at Hampden Park on Thursday for a scything challenge on Henrik Larsson.

United were only 1-0 down at the time, only for Celtic to make their man advantage tell with two more goals.

I am not a believer in fining players for things like that

United manager Ian McCall
But former Falkirk, Airdrieonians, Clydebank and Morton manager McCall prides himself on uniting dressing-rooms rather than upsetting players by hitting them in the pocket.

"I have had another look at Jim's red card and we can have no complaints, it was the right decision," he said.

"I am not a believer in fining players for things like that.

"Jim will now be suspended for three matches and he's going to find it very hard to get back into the side."

Recent signings Andy Tod, Gary Bollan and Daniele Chiarini are also now available again having missed the semi-final.

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