MORTON have avoided having the book thrown at them by SFA chiefs after participating in an illegal bounce game at the beginning of last month.

Hampden bosses called for a probe to be carried out on the friendly, which took place at West of Scotland League side Benburb’s New Tinto Park in Govan, against agency showcase team Evo-Pro Academy.

Ton have been issued with a £750 fine which has been deferred until the end of the season and could well be dropped should no more similar breaches occur in that time frame.

A club spokesperson said: “The club can confirm that we have been disciplined for a breach of the SFA regulations in relation to a recent match played in Glasgow.

“The breach was brought to our attention after the game, and we immediately accepted that an error had been made in the facilitation of this match.

“We accepted responsibility for the breach and asked for an accelerated hearing to resolve matters quickly.

“The club has been fined £750, but payment of the fine has been suspended until the end of the season on the assumption that we do not breach these rules again.

"If we adhere to the rules for the rest of the season, no fine will be payable.

“The club would like to thank the SFA and the compliance unit for the courteous and sympathetic way in which this matter has been handled."