Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been served with two notices of complaint from the Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny. The Northern Irishman will be called in front of a disciplinary hearing to answer comments he made about referee Euan Norris after Kilmarnock’s defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 3rd November.
In his post match press conference, Shiels demanded that the Scottish FA punish Norris for being disrespectful. Shiels claimed that Norris made a sarcastic remark to him after Kilmarnock’s defeat.
Shiels said: “Hopefully the ref will get punished because I want justice. I receive e-mails all the time asking me why I said this or why I said that and all that kind of rubbish. You are treated like a schoolkid and then when something goes on the other way nothing happens. I don’t want people to be disrespectful towards me. The ref said something sarcastic and I’m not happy about it.”
He also stated that he was disgusted over the way the match officials are protected by the Scottish FA, yet managers are held accountable for their decisions.
The Killie manager added: “If I tell the truth about how I feel it could have a detrimental effect on my job, my club and myself. But a ref’s mistake could cost you your job. That’s why we get angry sometimes and lose our cool out there. You’re not allowed to comment on refs and that ends up leaving managers bitter and twisted. I like to tell the truth. That’s just the way I was brought up.”
Shiels faces a further sanction following his sending off on Saturday afternoon against St.Johnstone. Shiels reacted furiously after Manuel Pascali was sent off for a two footed tackle, and later demanded that the fourth officials to be ‘strong characters’.
The Northern Irishman has until 5th December 2012 to respond to the charges and the hearing is set for 13th December 2012.