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Shiels facing further sanctions despite his protestations

KENNY SHIELS faces further disciplinary action after being sent off during Wednesday night's match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Kenny Shiels faces further censure
Kenny Shiels faces further censure

The Kilmarnock manager, returning from a four-match touchline ban, was dismissed by referee Bobby Madden and the incident has been mentioned in his report. It is understood that will be referred to the compliance officer and Shiels may face further sanctions.

The manager said he had been sent to the stand for kicking a water bottle during the 1-1 draw. However, the sanction was almost certainly applied for breaching the rule that "the coach and other occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner".

Shiels, who initially stood on a beam immediately behind the dugout after being dismissed, said he feared no further punishment, believing that the matter ended on the night. He may be disappointed on that score.

The Kilmarnock manager was returning from a four-match touchline ban imposed after he was found guilty of two rule breaches after accusing Andrew Dallas of "fabrication" of evidence that led to the manager being sent to the stand. Dallas was the fourth official during a match against St Johnstone in November.

The news off the park was no better for the club, with even their success in lifting the Scottish Communities League Cup last season unable to prevent a drop in profits. Figures released for the year ended May 31, 2012 showed profit on ordinary activities before and after taxation had dropped from £186,597 to just £11,384. This was largely due to an increase in interest payable on bank loans and overdrafts from £126,722 in 2011 to £245,349. Turnover was up around £300,000, with revenue from football activities breaking the £5m mark. Kilmarnock's net debt rose by £83,000 to £9.8m, while their Rugby Park stadium is now valued at £11.3m.

In his chairman's statement, Michael Johnston chose to focus on sporting success. "What a wonderful year we've enjoyed," it read. "At long last, we completed the domestic treble of Scottish League, Cup and League Cup wins. Kenny [Shiels'] mantra in the dressing room in the build up was "believe to achieve" and it clearly struck a chord with our entire squad and backroom staff. Gentlemen, you are now part of the history of Kilmarnock Football Club and every shareholder and supporter salutes you."

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