St Johnstone's Steve Lomas frustrated by touchline ban

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas
Lomas has accepted a one-match touchline suspension

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is disappointed to find himself banned from the touchline for one match for a gesture "directed at nobody".

Lomas has accepted the suspension from the Scottish Football Association after being reported by police following his first match in charge.

"I didn't think it merited something like that but hey-ho, we move on," said Lomas, who serves the ban on Saturday.

"It was an offensive gesture, which was directed at nobody."

Lomas was punished for misconduct during a 0-0 draw at Rangers on 19 November when the police match commander asked the referee to include the Nothern Irishman's gesture in his official report.

But Lomas is confident his players will perform against Hearts without his influence on the touchline at Tynecastle.

"I don't want to dwell on it," he added. "[Assistant coach] Tommy Wright is more than capable on the sideline.

"The players are fully professional and we go there in good heart."

Lomas will have company in the stand in Hearts manager Paulo Sergio, who is in the midst of a five-match ban following his dismissal and subsequent reaction during a defeat by Kilmarnock.

"It's not ideal but once that whistle goes, it's not about the managers, it's about the players," continued Lomas.

"That's the show. I've never seen a manager win a game without his players playing well.

"It's about them and I'm sure both sets of players are looking forward to it.

"We are close, they want to get ahead of us and we want to kick on and keep our run going. So it's got the makings of a good game."

An earlier statement on St Johnstone's website read: "The club was contacted by the SFA's Judicial Panel following our game against Rangers at Ibrox on 19 November regarding a report of alleged misconduct by the new Saints manager which was brought to their attention by the police match commander.

"The club was offered the opportunity for the manager to attend a hearing or accept a one-match ban.

"Although the club is disappointed that this incident has reached the Judicial Panel, it has chosen to accept the one-match ban."

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