Lomas escapes further ban

  • Last Updated: December 20 2012, 16:52 GMT

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has escaped with a "severe censure" from the Scottish Football Association after his latest disciplinary charge.

Steve Lomas: Found guilty of misconduct
Steve Lomas: Found guilty of misconduct

An SFA judicial panel did not add to the Northern Irishman's touchline ban after deciding a warning would suffice following his dismissal against Hibernian last month.

Lomas was found guilty of misconduct by "failing to behave in a responsible manner as an occupant of the technical area by kicking a water bottle carrier, causing water bottles to land in the stand".

Lomas had acted in frustration when Nigel Hasselbaink missed a late penalty in his side's 1-0 home defeat on November 28.

The former West Ham captain had faced seeing his touchline ban double to a total of 16 matches, but he will be back in the dugout in January.

Lomas was hit with a six-match touchline ban earlier this month after being sent to the stand during his side's 1-1 draw at Celtic Park, which also sparked a further two-match punishment which had been suspended after he labelled Ross County midfielder Richard Brittain a cheat.

Lomas has already served three matches and is due to return to the technical area when Celtic visit McDiarmid Park on January 26.


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