Kenny Shiels has been handed another suspension by a Scottish Football Association disciplinary panel

Kenny Shiels: In more trouble with the SFA

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Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been handed a four-match ban for remarks about the referee following his side's defeat to Inverness last month.

Two games of the ban are suspended until the end of next season but Shiels' appearance at a Scottish Football Association hearing triggered a one-match suspension that was hanging over him from last season.

Shiels was found guilty of making comments in interviews after the 3rd November match that "impinged upon the character of a match official".

One of the charges maintained Shiels had made comments in a radio interview that suggested "the match official may bear a grudge" against him were he to answer questions about Euan Norris' performance.

Shiels was incensed with Norris' decision to dismiss goalkeeper Cammy Bell and award a penalty from which Billy McKay netted Inverness' winner.

The SFA noted that in a newspaper article reporting Bell's successful appeal against his dismissal, Shiels further suggested Norris would not be acting with integrity if he failed to admit he made a mistake.

Shiels escaped additional punishment by the SFA panel after being sent to the stands by referee Stevie O'Reilly for disputing his controversial decision to dismiss Manuel Pascal in a match against St Johnstone at Rugby Park on 24th November .

Shiels was found in breach of SFA rule 203, which relates to misconduct, but the panel ruled no further sanction was necessary.