Cowdenbeath boss Colin Nish escapes touchline ban after SFA hearing



Cowdenbeath player/manager Colin Nish has escaped a touchline ban for his furious Fife derby outburst.

The 34-year-old appeared at Hampden personally yesterday after being charged with with a breach of disciplinary rule 72 by SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan.

And, after a brief hearing, the disciplinary panel handed the Blue Brazil boss a suspended one-game ban for his comments to the media at East End Park.

Nish attended the hearing in person at the national stadium yesterday

It means he will not serve the suspension unless he repeats the offence during the remainder of the campaign.

Nish was sent to the stand by referee Barry Cook as Cowden suffered a controversial 2-1 defeat against the Pars earlier this month, with the contest decided by a Michael Moffat penalty.

Nish also felt his side were denied two “stonewall’ penalties of their own, fuming: “You come here to set up a team to play against Dunfermline and then it turns out that you’re not playing against them.

“We had two stonewall penalties in the first half – one of them was the clearest penalty I’ve ever seen in my life – but he doesn’t give it, obviously because there’s a big crowd here in favour of Dunfermline.”

And Nish was relieved to effectively escape with a slap on the wrists.

Speaking following his hearing yesterday, he told Capital City Press: “I’ve got no complaints and I’ll chalk it down to a learning curve.

“I’m delighted I’ll be able to be in the dugout against Forfar this weekend. As a manager, you don’t want to be in the stands, so that’s a relief.”