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CLARKE ON SFA CHARGE

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KILMARNOCK boss Steve Clarke has been charged by the SFA following his comments about referee Steven McLean after his team’s 1-0 weekend loss to Aberdeen at Rugby Park.

The Ayrshire club’s gaffer was fuming as the match official red-carded THREE of his players, Kirk Broadfoot, Stuart Findlay and Rory McKenzie, in a stormy encounter.

A seething Clarke accused the whistler of not being able to handle “the burden” of refereeing his father’s former side.

Stuart McLean played over 400 times for the team and is the club’s third-highest appearance holder.

The ex-Reading and West Brom manager was found to be in breach of Disciplinary Rule 72: “criticising the decision(s) and performance(s) of any or all match officials in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence or make remarks which impinge on his character.”
In a post-match interview, Clarke, speaking to the BBC, said: “I went over and congratulated him (McLean) and told him it was the worst performance I had ever seen in my career – and it is a long career.

“He [McLean] lost control of the game in the first half. He actually lost control of a professional football match.

“When we lost 2-1 to Hearts earlier in the season, I mentioned the referee that night and it was Steven as well.

“I have mentioned it a couple of times privately but publicly I am saying now, I think it would be better for Steven and Kilmarnock if Steven doesn’t referee any more games for us. Quite simple.”

Clarke has until Wednesday to respond to these allegations ahead of a hearing a week on Thursday.

McKenzie’s appeal against the red card has since been upheld, but Broadfoot’s has been rejected and he will miss three games.

Clarke is now preparing his players for the visit to Parkhead where they take on champions Celtic tomorrow with a 12.30pm kick-off.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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