Inverness: Manager Terry Butcher accepts one-match touchline ban

Butcher confronts the officials after the final whistle against Aberdeen
Butcher confronts the officials after the final whistle against Aberdeen

Inverness manager Terry Butcher will watch Friday's Highland derby with Ross County from the stand after accepting a one-match touchline ban.

The former England captain was critical of referee George Salmond following a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen last month.

Butcher suggested that a Martian could have seen that his side deserved a penalty for a challenge on Aaron Doran.

And he disagreed with the red card shown to midfielder Owain Tudur Jones at the Caledonian Stadium.

Butcher was charged with "making comments in a media interview which criticise a decision of the referee in such a way as to indicate incompetence" and offered the suspension by the Scottish FA's compliance officer.

In interviews immediately after the game, Butcher described referees in general as inconsistent and suggested that they were letting down managers and players by their decisions.

Caley Thistle had gone ahead through a Richie Foran penalty, with Aberdeen's Russell Anderson being sent off for a foul on Shane Sutherland, before the challenge by Mark Reynolds on Doran.

Butcher thought his side should have had a second penalty, although Salmond was to later overturn the first penalty decision and withdraw Anderson's planned suspension after an appeal from Aberdeen.

The Inverness boss had decided against taking a similar course of action in support of Tudur Jones, despite describing the decision as excessive, saying it was not worth the club risking losing £1,000 to make an appeal.

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