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Tuesday, 5 December, 2000, 10:50 GMT
Numan handed three-match ban
Arthur Numan gets his marching orders at Tynecastle
Arthur Numan gets his marching orders at Tynecastle
Rangers defender Arthur Numan has been banned for three matches after receiving the equivalent of two red cards against Hearts on Sunday.

Numan was given a yellow card for the foul on Robbie Nielsen, a red card for swearing at referee Stuart Dougal, and a further booking for further dissent.

He will miss this weekend's game at home to Motherwell and two further matches.

Claudio Reyna also misses Sunday's match after his red card in the same game.

Numan (left) and Reyna (right) saw red
Numan (left) and Reyna (right) saw red
The Scottish Football Association handed out the punishment after receiving Dougal's report on Tuesday morning.

Both players were shown additional yellow cards after being sent off, though Reyna's does not take him over the threshold which would bring a further ban.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat was tight-lipped following the 1-0 win at Tynecastle.

"I am very annoyed because in other countries you can say what you want. But they are waiting for it," he said in reference to the SFA's policy of hitting managers and players who stir up post-match trouble with the charge of bringing the game into disrepute.

Advocaat began: "I don't want to talk about the referee. It's not allowed in this country. I wish I could say something."

Fine saves

Advocaat admitted the performance of goalkeeper Stefan Klos, who pulled off a string of fine saves, had been the main reason for the win in Edinburgh.

He said: "We had a little bit of luck, there's no doubt about that. Stefan won it for us."

Finnish youngster Jani Kauppila will be arriving at Ibrox on a two-year deal after a trial period earlier this season.

The 20-year-old midfielder comes from Tervarit - who are not in the Finnish Premier League - and admits he is delighted to be joining up with the Scottish champions in January.

He said: "Last season went fine for me, but this transfer is something I had barely dared to dream about.

"I should be starting my military service next year, but now I have this fantastic opportunity."

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