Hamilton boss Brian Rice will face a 10-match ban after admitting to gambling offences - with five games suspended.

The manager confessed his addiction earlier this month and wrote to the SFA to express his regret and own up to his issues.

Rice, 56, wrote personally to the SFA to describe the "disease" and request help after it reared its head again.

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Now he will spend five away from the touchline after the offences.

Speaking outside Hampden, Rice said: "I'm relieved it's over. It was a fair hearing. I deserve my punishment. I'll serve it and then it's back to football matters.

"It's a big weight off my shoulders. I've let a lot of people down. But I've handed myself in, I've been honest to myself and honest to everybody. I'll move forward now.

"I feel this is a new start for me as a person. Hopefully that will reflect on what I can do at Hamilton Academical.

"I hope (my situation) can help anyone. I've had lots and lots of letters and emails of support and also from people saying it's given them the strength and the courage to own up to their own faults and addictions.

"If it's helped one person it's been worthwhile."

An SFA statement read: "The period of suspension selected reflects the gravity of the breach of the rule involving the large number of low value bets.

"The tribunal chose to suspend one half of the sanction to reflect the genuine efforts it considered Mr Rice has made to 'put his life and that of his family back together again', and to take account of his genuine expression of remorse for his breach of the rule and the effect that has had on his family, the club and the Scottish FA.

"It is the hope of the tribunal that the suspended element will not be imposed but will play some part in helping Mr Rice to avoid returning to the practice, which has so blighted his life."

Hamilton chief executive Colin McGowan said: "The independent panel and the officers who presided over it were very good and very fair. We got a real fair hearing with all the mitigating circumstances taken into account.

"I think it's a good day for all. The panel praised Brian for his honesty in coming forward. That played a big factor in the ruling."