Kilmarnock spared punishment over Kenny Shiels comments

 

Kilmarnock will not be punished by the Scottish FA's judicial panel for comments made by former boss Kenny Shiels.

Shiels was given a four-match ban for bringing the game into disrepute for questioning the impartiality of the panel and the integrity of Celtic.

Kilmarnock were also found guilty of failing to ensure Shiels complies with SFA protocol.

The 57-year-old parted company with the club earlier this month.

Kenny Shiels at Kilmarnock

  • Joined as assistant manager in 2010
  • Became interim manager after Mixu Paatelainen's departure in 2011
  • Soon took on manager's job on full-time basis
  • Won Scottish League Cup in 2012
  • Finished in Scottish Premier League's bottom six for second year running in 2013
  • Left club at end of season 2012-13

In Shiels' first full season in charge, Kilmarnock finished seventh and won the Scottish Communities League Cup, beating Celtic in the final.

However, last season Kilmarnock endured their worst home record in more than 30 years.

In a BBC Radio Scotland interview conducted in late April, Shiels said Celtic had "massive influence" over disciplinary hearings, referring to them as "the monster of Scottish football".

The 57-year-old later expressed concerns that his comments had been taken out of context by a newspaper.

Shiels was served with two separate notices of complaint from the SFA in November, following critical remarks made about referee Euan Norris and his dismissal from the dugout in another match.

In January, Shiels was given a four-match ban when found guilty of two rule breaches for accusing fourth official Andrew Dallas of "fabrication" of evidence.