The Clydebank management team of boss Gordon Moffat and number two Gary McMenamin have appeared in front of a Scottish FA disciplinary panel after being issued with notices of complaint.

The duo were sent off against former club Rossvale in December and were moved out of the home technical area and into the empty terraces for the remainder of the game.

The pair appeared at a hearing on Friday to answer accusations of breaching Disciplinary Rule 203, which states that “no member of team staff shall commit misconduct at a match”, after the game’s governing body received referee Ryan Kennedy’s after-match report.

The whistler initially showed McMenamin a yellow card as he disputed a free-kick to the visitors early in the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw – Bankies’ only dropped points in the league so far this season.

But Kennedy returned to the Clydebank dugout moments later, after being called back by one of his assistants, and showed the Bankies assistant a second yellow.

It is understood that McMenamin was making contact with the Rossvale management team after being shown his first yellow card – however the assistant referee believed that he was directing a comment towards the officials, which resulted in the red card.

Moff was then shown a straight red as he attempted to de-escalate the situation.

But having had time to reflect on what happened, the Clydebank boss maintains that neither he nor his assistant deserved their punishment.

Speaking to the Post while awaiting the outcome of the panel’s deliberations, Moffat said: “The referee puts a report in after the game and it goes to the compliance officer who then issues a notice of complaint for the incident.

“We’ll take responsibility for the things that did happen, but we want to make clear it wasn’t as bad as was made out in the report.

“We have got the video footage from both angles that we can use as part of the evidence as to what happened.

“Hopefully we’ve got the evidence to show that we certainly weren’t being abusive towards officials or anything like that.

“It’s new to me. I’ve not been involved in any disciplinary issues since being a coach.

“I thought the incident got blown out of proportion at the time, so now we need to take the repercussions and see what happens but hopefully we get a sensible verdict.”

The Scottish FA had yet to publish the disciplinary panel’s ruling as this edition of the Post went to press on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Moff is hopeful that coronavirus cases across the country will take a dip after all football below Championship level was suspended last week.

He added: “We’re going to have to see the numbers go down over the next few weeks to give the SFA and the government a bit of comfort that we can restart.”