STUART KETTLEWELL will be forced to sit out his side's next three games after being reprimanded by the Scottish FA.

The Ross County manager was disciplined for his comments to referee John Beaton during his team's 1-0 defeat to Livingston at the end of August.

Kettlewell was sent to the stands during the loss by Beaton and said he had been "swept aside like a second-class citizen" in the aftermath of the game.

The County boss was judged to have been in breach of rule 72, which covers accusations of bias or incompetence of officials.

Kettlewell also faced a charge of misconduct at a match, and will face a further two-game touchline ban for any future breaches this season.