Neil Lennon is facing a three-match touchline ban after television microphones picked up the Celtic manager swearing at St Mirren's Jim Goodwin on Sunday.
Lennon was clearly being sarcastic in his comments to Goodwin following the midfielder's strong challenge on Celtic's Dylan McGeouch. The Northern Irishman was heard to say: "Well done Jim, you're a fucking hard man, eh? You fucking fanny."
The Scottish Football Association has issued a notice of complaint against Lennon, who has until next Wednesday to respond. The case is due to be heard on 18 April, unless Lennon pleads guilty.
SFA rules refer specifically to punishments that will be incurred on account of "repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language". It is the television aspect of the Lennon case, however, which makes it intriguing. The game was broadcast live on Sky Sports.
If found guilty, the Celtic manager would serve a three-game ban on account of the six-match sanction imposed last season after a Scottish Cup loss to Hearts. Then, Lennon confronted the referee, Euan Norris, on the field after the game. Half of that sanction was suspended for the duration of this campaign and there will be no sanction on top of that.
For his part, Goodwin has shrugged off the affair. He said: "McGeouch had just come on, I flew into a tackle with him and Lenny was just protecting his player. He barked a few words at me and I have no problem with that.
"I'm just happy the Sky microphone wasn't close enough to pick up my unprintable reply or else I'd be in trouble myself.
"Lenny probably wouldn't have spoken to me again if he had heard my reply, but it was all a top bit of football banter and I have no problems at all."
It appears Lennon will be handed no penalty for strong criticism of the refereeing performance of Bobby Madden in the game at St Mirren. After the 1-1 draw, Lennon said: "That is by far the most appalling refereeing performance I've seen this season. For both sides. How he got so many big decisions wrong in one day is beyond me."
Lennon added general concern about the standard of Scottish refereeing this season. The SFA's view of Madden is perhaps illustrated by the fact he will cover the Second Division match between Arbroath and Albion Rovers on Saturday.