Hibs star Paul McGinn has been handed a two-match ban for his comments after the Premier Sports Cup final, meaning he will miss games against Celtic and Cove Rangers.

McGinn accused John Beaton of “inept” refereeing during the Hampden defeat by the Parkhead side – having picked up a yellow card complaining after Kyogo Furuhashi had scored his second goal in the second-half because fourth official Greg Aitken was holding the subs board during the build-up and the Hibees star thought there was going to be a change.

“We are really annoyed about the second goal,” he said after the Hampden loss. “It’s not a foul and when it is, the fourth official is holding the board. So we just assumed it’s a sub. Jamie Murphy could have stood over the ball, as you do, but we just assumed it’s a sub.

“The referee has no control over the situation and just lets it happen and the goal goes in. You can see me running to him straight away and I get myself booked. It’s inept.

“Our kitman has handed the board to the fourth official. I’m almost certain that’s the case and we see the numbers so we just assume. Jamie Murphy steps back from stopping and we all assume.

“Even 90 seconds later Celtic are going to make a sub and (Anthony) Ralston takes a quick throw-in. He whistles it back for the sub to happen. So he kind of knows. I ran to him and asked him what was going on. It’s anger. There is no way we’d have got that the other way.”

The Hibs defender was accused of breaching rules over criticising match officials in a way which indicates “bias or incompetence” or making comments that “impinge on their character”.

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