Gers duo escape bans
El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra have been fined and warned over their future conduct by The SFA.
Last Updated: 12/04/11 2:58pm
El-Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra have been fined and warned over their future conduct by the Scottish Football Association but have avoided suspensions.
The Rangers pair faced The SFA's disciplinary committee on Tuesday afternoon to answer a case of 'misconduct of a significantly serious nature' as a result of their actions during the Scottish Cup replay against Celtic on 2nd March.
Algerian defender Bougherra, who has recently expressed a desire to leave the club, was one of two Rangers players sent off during the fiery Old Firm derby, along with Steven Whittaker.
Bougherra reacted angrily to his dismissal, appearing to try to prevent referee Calum Murray from showing his cards.
Diouf was also shown a red card after the final whistle, following a running feud with Celtic manager Neil Lennon throughout the match.
Lennon says their quarrel started when the Senegal international blocked the Bhoys physio as he ran on to the pitch to treat an injured player.
That incident led to a touchline confrontation which saw Diouf booked, and he was shown a second yellow card by Murray for dissent after the match finished.
But Bougherra and Diouf have now escaped further bans and will be available to play a full part in the run-in.
Diouf, Bougherra and Whittaker must all serve automatic suspensions for being sent off in the game with Celtic, but they do not come into effect until next season's competition.
Diouf has been fined £5,000 by the SFA and Bougherra £2,500, with both players told to behave more responsibly in future.
Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist, who became involved in a scuffle with Lennon at the final whistle, was successful in appealing his two-match ban at the same hearing on Tuesday.