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Kilmarnock’s Josh Magennis offered two match ban for headbutt

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Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis has been offered a two match ban by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer for allegedly headbutting team mate Jamie Hamill.

The pair clashed heads during Saturday’s 4-1 win over Partick Thistle when Magennis reacted to Hamill criticising him for fouling Thistle defender Conrad Balatoni.

Disciplinary Rule 200: In that at the above match you committed an offence listed in the Schedule of Offences contained in Section 3 of Annex C to the Judicial Panel Protocol, namely A2 Violent Conduct, by head-butting Jamie Hamill of Kilmarnock FC

The incident was missed by referee John Beaton, fresh from his own headbutting incident in Saudi Arabia.

Killie manager Gary Locke dismissed the incident, saying: “I thought they were trying to give each other a kiss to be honest.

“It showed that the two of them were desperate to win. As long as it doesn’t step over the mark then I don’t need to step in. And I thought they both produced fantastic performances. We should be talking about that. I wasn’t really that aware of it at the time. It was one of the 
backroom staff who brought it to my attention.

“It’s not something I’m overly bothered about. If they go over the score I’ll get involved. It happens every day in 
training. It shows that the spirit is there in the players – it was there for everyone to see today.

“They were fine in the 
shower afterwards, kissing 
each other. The two of them 
are strong characters and you 
need that if you want to be
 successful.”

The Northern Irishman has until 3pm on Wednesday to reply to the SFA’s notice of complaint.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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