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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Sutton gets further ban
Sutton scores against Killie on the final day of the season
Sutton scores against Killie on the final day of the season
Celtic's Chris Sutton has been given a one-match ban for his outburst at the end of last season when he accused Dunfermline of "lying down" to Rangers.

The English striker made his comments on BBC television on the final day of the season as his side lost out on goal difference to their Glasgow rivals in the race for the SPL title.

Sutton apologised for his comments in a statement published on the club's website, but has already picked up a four-match ban for abusing the match officials after Celtic's win over Kilmarnock on the same day.

He was charged with bringing the game into disrepute and was given the additional ban by the Scottish Football Association's general purposes committee at Hampden on Monday morning.

"The committee acknowledged the player's apology and took his previous good record into account," said SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell.

Celtic would only say that they would take legal advice before considering any appeal against the decision.

Hearts manager Craig Levein and midfielder Phil Stamp were also ordered to appear in relation to comments made relating to the match against Kilmarnock on 3 May, but did not show up.

The committee initially fined Levein 1,000 and Stamp 250, but they had been asked to appear again because neither fine has been paid yet.

The issue is being discussed in the absence of the Hearts duo.



Pars win Sutton apology
30 May 03  |  Celtic

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