Royalists boss hit with six-game touchline ban

Hawick Royal Albert manager Davie Halfpenny
Hawick Royal Albert manager Davie Halfpenny
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HAWICK Royal Albert manager Davie Halfpenny has been banned for six games.

The Albert boss was sent to the stands during his side’s league match against Gala Fairydean last month after making remarks to referee Paul Hanlon. Royalists’ Sean Owens was red carded in the same game.

However, the ban has angered Halfpenny who told the Hawick News this week: “I don’t think I should even have been sent off. One of our players was fouled, the referee didn’t give a free-kick and I shouted at him.

“I might have used a swear word, but there was no real foul or abusive language directed at him. I was just trying to make a point and I was very surprised to have been sent off as a result.

“It’s ridiculous that I got such a hefty ban. I thought of appealing but that would cost the club money and what’s the point? I’ll just have to get it over with.”

Weather-permitting, Halfpenny’s first game in the stand will be tomorrow’s away fixture against Craigroyston in Edinburgh.