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By ESPN Staff

Brown to 'vigorously' fight SFA action

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has vowed to "vigorously fight'' any punishment he receives over his clash with Motherwell chairman John Boyle.

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Both men have been referred to the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee following the flashpoint that proceeded the final whistle of Motherwell's 2-1 SPL win on Saturday.

But Brown, whose team face St Mirren in the SPL on Wednesday night, will be free to take his position in the Hampden dugout for his team's Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic after escaping an automatic ban because the incident was not mentioned in referee Steven McLean's report.

The disciplinary panel next meet on April 12 but the Fir Park clash is unlikely to be on the agenda as the SFA first have to write to both men and study their responses. The former Scotland manager is instead likely to be summoned to Hampden when the committee members meet in May.

It was another return to a former workplace that caused the controversy after the former Motherwell boss reacted angrily to a comment made by Boyle as the pair shook hands in the technical area. Boyle turned and walked away down the tunnel and was chased by Brown before being grabbed by the jacket, with Aberdeen assistant Archie Knox also closely involved in the jostling.

It later emerged that Brown and Knox, who left Motherwell to take over at Pittodrie in December, had launched a legal action against the Lanarkshire club over unpaid bonuses for the club's Co-operative Insurance Cup run. The pair led Motherwell to a quarter-final win in October but had left Fir Park, where they had not signed a contract, before the semi-final.

Brown was immediately spoken to by police, who confirmed they were making enquiries but did not anticipate any criminal action following the "minor pushing''.

The 70-year-old said: "I shook hands with the chairman and subsequently it wasn't a very pleasant situation. I didn't do a thing, in my opinion, to merit anything.''

He added that disciplinary action was the SFA's prerogative "but I personally would fight it vigorously''.


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