EDINBURGH Wanderers' referee Ray Megson, who raised the temperature of the David Sole affair by refusing to officiate at Raeburn Place until the SRU had dealt with the former Scotland captain, was yesterday confirmed as one of Scotland's international selection panel, writes Derek Douglas.

Sole was banned for five months for saying that the performance of Kelso referee Colin Henderson had been ``tantamount to cheating'' after Edinburgh Academicals' premiership tie with Melrose.

Accies' spokesman Magnus Moodie said: ``The sentence is harsh. Players are suspended for six weeks for standing on heads. David has been banned until the end of the season for what the SRU say is a `breach of etiquette' ''.

The other members of the referees' international selection panel are Jim Fleming (Boroughmuir), Ken McCartney (Hawick), Chuck Muir (Langholm), and Eddie Murray (Greenock Wanderers). McCartney is to referee the England v Wales international on February 3. The touch judges are Megson and Murray.