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Hibs boss loses dugout ban appeal

Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen
it is Paatelainen's second touchline ban of the season

Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen has failed in his attempt to overturn a four-match touchline ban.

The Scottish FA on Thursday rejected the Finn's appeal after he made a personal appearance at Hampden Park.

Paatelainen was sent to the stand by referee Iain Brines during the Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat by Morton on 26 August.

The Hibs boss had been angered by decisions during the Scottish Premier League club's surprise 4-3 reverse.

Paatelainen disagreed with extra-time decisions to award the First Division side a penalty and a free-kick that led to Ryan Harding's winning goal.

The Hibs boss then claimed Brines had sent him off for angrily throwing a towel to the ground, rather than for anything he may have said.

His case had been postponed because Brines and fourth official George Salmond were unable to attend the original meeting.

Paatelainen has already watched two league matches from the stand this season following his dismissal during a pre-season friendly at Cowdenbeath's Central Park.

The latest ban comes into effect next week, following this weekend's visit to Celtic Park.

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see also
Hibs boss critical of ref Brines
26 Aug 08 |  Hibernian
Paatelainen given touchline ban
31 Jul 08 |  Hibernian


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