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Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis hit by ban for butting Kilmarnock team-mate


Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis

Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis

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Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis

Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis is facing a two-match ban after being hit with a charge by the Scottish FA.

A Notice of Complaint has been issued against the 24-year-old after a head-butting incident that also involved his Kilmarnock team-mate Jamie Hamill during Saturday's 4-1 win over Partick Thistle.

The clash, which occurred during the first half of the game after Magennis had conceded a free kick, was missed by referee John Beaton, and SFA Compliance Officer Tony McGlennan has offered a two-match ban as a punishment.

Magennis, who has won 11 Northern Ireland caps, has until 3pm today to respond to the charge.

It is almost certain that Magennis, who later celebrated with Hamill after scoring on Saturday, will miss this weekend's final Scottish Premiership match at home to Ross County.

That game is now academic after Killie's win over Partick sealed their top flight status for another season.

Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke played down the incident, but that is unlikely to have any bearing on the SFA Disciplinary Committee's decision.

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"I wasn't really that aware of it at the time. It was one of the backroom staff who brought it to my attention," he said.

"It's not something I'm overly bothered about."

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