Paul Heckingbottom has been sent a notice of complaint by the SFA following Hibs’ match with Celtic at the weekend (Edinburgh Evening News).
The compliance officer has decided to send the Easter Road boss a misconduct charge after he kicked a water bottle during his side’s 1-1 draw with the Hoops.
Unfortunately for Heckingbottom, his swipe at the bottle hit fourth official Nick Walsh. Referee Kevin Clancy was straight over to send the Hibees manager to the stand.
Clancy decision infuriated Hibs boss Heckingbottom
The reason he was so angry was because of a decision made by referee Clancy. Heckingbottom was angry with the build-up play that resulted in Celtic getting their equaliser.
It was a confusing situation for the Hibs players, as they didn’t know whether it was a drop ball or a free-kick.
Clancy didn’t stop Celtic from taking the free kick and from that, Neil Lennon’s side got their vital goal.
A hearing has been set for October 10, which should give Heckingbottom the chance to explain why he feels he shouldn’t be suspended.
Usually a man of calmness and composure, we haven’t seen this side of Heckingbottom before. His actions show how aggravated and frustrated he was with Clancy’s decision, even if he went about it the wrong way.
It will be interesting to see how he responds to this news.