Peterhead manager Jim McInally has been issued a four-match touchline ban by the SFA following a disagreement with officials in the club dining area.
The Buchanie understands the row occured when the Balmoor boss discovered referee John McKendrick and his assistants eating in the club canteen after the 1-1 draw with East Stirlingshire, against his express wishes.
Peterhead have launched an appeal and neither McInally or the club wished to comment for fear of jeopradising the appeal process.
The SFA ruling was handed down the day after the Scottish Senior Football Referees Association slammed the governing body for giving Dundee United’s Nadir Cifti a soft punishment.
Cifit was only issued with a one game ban and one game suspended ban despite grabbing an official by the throat during a mass brawl in a match between United and Inverness earlier this season.
Some in the Peterhead hierachy believe McInally, who has a history of disagreements with officials, has been made a scapegoat for the SFA.
McInally’s appeal is likely to be heard in January and he will be allowed to sit in the dugout until his appeal is heard.