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BROONY: NO SFA PUNISHMENT

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SCOTT BROWN will not face any puishment following his celebrations after Celtic’s 2-1 win over Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side at Parkhead last month.

The Hoops skipper had been accused by the SFA of “failing to act in the best interest of Association Football”.

The champions had vowed to fight any suspension on the grounds the SFA were guilty of double-standards.

It’s understood the Parkhead outfit used the case of ex-Ibrox midfielder Josh Windass.

Part of their defence was formed around the former Govan player escaping punishment after he aimed a rude gesture at opposition fans during a game against Partick Thistle.

Windass was let off due to the SFA’s rule 200 – which deals with retrospective action for on-field incidents – being changed back in September 2017 to remove punishment for gestures and actions towards the crowd.

But Brown was charged under a different rule – 77 – and Celtic wanted to know why.

The 33-year-old ex-Scotland international’s original Hampden hearing was due to take place this coming Thursday.

But, at Celtic’s request, the SFA agreed to move it to today in a bid to ensure the midfielder would avoid any potential ban for the trip to face Ibrox on May 12.

Brown had been involved in flashpoint moments against the Govan outfit and Alfredo Morelos was given a straight red card after elbowing him in the face in the first-half.

He was also punched on the jaw by Ryan Kent in the immediate aftermath of James Forrest’s late winning goal.

And defender Andy Halliday was involved in a rumpus on the touchline after the final whistle which saw him received a second yellow card from referee Bobby Madden.

Morelos, Kent and Halliday all received suspensions.

 
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