United contest McNamara ban

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara will take his place in the technical area for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers on Saturday after the club appealed his ban.

McNamara was handed an immediate three-match touchline ban by the Scottish Football Association on Thursday, with two further games suspended until the end of next season.

The SFA reached their decision after a review of an altercation between the United manager and St Johnstone counterpart Tommy Wright at Tannadice on March 12.

Wright was given a one-game ban, which is suspended until the end of the year, for his part in the incident.

McNamara was given a lengthier punishment by the SFA as this was his third breach of the rules in three seasons.

But McNamara was frustrated he could not attend the hearing to state his case, as he had been busy preparing his team for the match at Ibrox, and United have decided to appeal the ban.

A statement from Dundee United read: "Dundee United confirms it has submitted an appeal to the Scottish FA relating to the ruling of the Disciplinary Hearing held at Hampden yesterday.

"The ruling found Jackie McNamara to be in breach of Disciplinary Rule 203 in respect of misconduct at our match v St Johnstone on 12 March 2014 and resulted in a five-match suspension (three of which apply immediately and two suspended until end of the season) being issued."

Watch Dundee United take on Rangers for a place in the Scottish Cup Final live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 12.30pm this Saturday.