Mark Warburton: Rangers boss offered one-match ban over 'language'

Mark Warburton speaks to officials
Warburton (far left) was unhappy with the award of a late free-kick at Pittodrie

Mark Warburton has been issued with a Scottish FA notice of complaintexternal-link alleging he "used offensive, abusing and insulting language" at officials.

The Rangers boss was unhappy with the award of a free-kick that led to Aberdeen's late winner last Sunday.

Warburton, 54, was seen speaking to officials on the pitch after the final whistle at Pittodrie.

The Englishman has been offered a one-match touchline ban and has until Monday, 3 October, to respond.

A principal hearing date has been set for 13 October, should Warburton choose to challenge the suspension.

Referee John Beaton blew for a foul following a tackle by Rangers' James Tavernier on Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes in the final minute of game, when the score was 1-1.

James Maddison scored direct from the free-kick to secure the three points for the Dons.

Warburton later said: "I will be careful what I say about the free-kick. Everyone saw the ball move. The fourth official on the sidelines saw the ball move and made a comment. And yet a free-kick is given.

"You have got to be, I think, 100% sure in these type of games, in those areas of the park.

"Late in the game, when your players are fatigued, I thought 'Tav' made an excellent tackle there. I don't think their player moaned about it and it is a huge decision to give."

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