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Smith cleared as Bairns censured

Walter Smith and John Hughes
Smith escaped any action but Hughes was not as fortunate

Rangers' Walter Smith had disciplinary action against him thrown out by the Scottish FA - but Falkirk's John Hughes and Michael Higdon have been censured.

The SFA's general purposes committee found that Smith had no case to answer after comments made about his side's 0-0 draw with Motherwell in November.

The Rangers boss had made remarks about linesman Tom Murphy after the game.

Falkirk boss Hughes and striker Higdon criticised referee Iain Brines after a 2-0 defeat by Celtic in August.

The pair were found to be in breach of the SFA Articles 123 and 126 and, as well as being censured, were warned about their future conduct.

Hughes, who was serving a six-match touchline ban at the time, was enraged by Brines' failure to spot that Celtic captain Stephen McManus had used an arm before scoring the opening goal.

The Falkirk head coach was further angered after Brines interrupted his half-time team talk to wrongly accuse Hughes of breaching his ban.

Hughes accused Brines of a "witch hunt", while Higdon accused the whistler of being a Celtic fan after the match.

The SFA committee, meanwhile, decided that Smith had no case to answer over his remarks about referee's assistant Murphy, made in a BBC Radio Scotland interview after Rangers' draw with Motherwell.

Rangers striker Kris Boyd had a goal chopped off, wrongly in Smith's opinion, for offside.

The Rangers boss had pointed out the fact that it was Murphy who had also not flagged against Celtic's Scott McDonald in a controversial game against Rangers last season.

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see also
Smith asked to explain comments
28 Nov 08 |  Rangers
Hughes fury at treatment by ref
25 Aug 08 |  Falkirk


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