Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has been handed an eight-match ban by the Scottish FA after admitting to calling Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous a cheat.
The Dons boss was called to account by the Scottish FA and charged with making offensive comments and not acting in the best interests of Scottish football.
After a disciplinary hearing on Thursday, he was given an eight-game suspension. He will serve the first six games of his ban immediately, with two games suspended until the end of the season.
Goodwin has been banned in recent seasons for criticism of referees.
Aberdeen responded to the verdict on Thursday evening. The club say they are “extremely disappointed at the level of sanction” and will be appealing.
However, the club say they want to wait until next week to received the full written reason behind the decision before formally submitting the appeal, meaning the manager will sit out this weekend’s game against Dundee United.
Goodwin made his claims after Hibs were awarded a penalty in their win over the Dons on Saturday, when Porteous was judged to have been fouled in the box.
Porteous and Dons defender Liam Scales tangled in the penalty area in the final minute of the first half, with the Irishman sent off for a second booking. Hibs equalised from the spot-kick and went on to win 3-1.
The Aberdeen manager was adamant that referee David Dickinson had been conned, and he exchanged words with Porteous at full-time.
Speaking to the media after the game, he said: “I don’t know how many times the boy Porteous can get away with that kind of stuff.
“We’re telling our players in midweek to be careful with him in the box, be careful with him at set-plays and don’t touch him as he will go over.
“I actually had a laugh and a joke with the referee prior to the game to make him aware of it. Unfortunately, just before half-time he was sucked in hook, line and sinker.
“We showed our players a number of instances when Porteous has won penalties like that in the past. People will say he’s good at it and he’s clever, but it’s blatant cheating as far as I’m concerned and it has cost my team points.
“I told Porteous to his face after the game what I thought of him. I don’t care what he reads in the paper on Sunday and Monday. He knows. He’s laughing about it. He celebrates winning penalty kicks like he’s scored a goal.”