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Northern Ireland Josh Magennis relieved after escaping headbutt ban

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/05/2015

No ban: Josh Magennis and Jamie Hamill clash
No ban: Josh Magennis and Jamie Hamill clash

Josh Magennis has escaped punishment after an alleged headbutt on his Kilmarnock team mate Jamie Hamill.

The Northern Ireland striker, who is in Michael O'Neill's squad for the friendly against Qatar and Euro 2016 qualifier with Romania, feared a suspension after the angry clash.

The duo squared up during Saturday's 4-1 win at Partick Thistle.

Magennis was offered a two-match ban by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer however the violent conduct referral was rejected by a SFA tribunal, with no sanction imposed.

"I understand why the incident was highlighted, but I am really glad the decision was overturned and I can now concentrate on my football," said Magennis.

The pair clashed after former Hearts star Hamill criticised the 24-year-old for conceding a free-kick.

Rugby Park boss Gary Locke dismissed the incident, and the pair kissed and made up at the end of the match, but the SFA issued a notice of complaint claiming the striker had breached Disciplinary Rule 200.

Magennis refused to the charge and an SFA disciplinary panel subsequently rejected compliance officer Tony McGlennan's referral.

The striker is now free to take part in Kilmarnock's last match of the season at home to Ross County this Saturday before linking up with the Northern Ireland squad for their double header against Qatar on May 31 and Romania on June 13.

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