FALKIRK have slammed a group of their own supporters for singing songs mocking Pars star Dean Shiels on Saturday.

The midfielder was the subject of taunts from a small group of Bairns fans during their Irn-Bru Cup defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, which was screened on BBC Alba.

The chants, which were audible throughout both halves of the quarter-final clash at the Caledonian Stadium, targeted the 32-year-old’s missing eye and the Scottish Football Association, who banned Falkirk player Kevin O’Hara for eight games on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Falkirk said after the game: “Falkirk Football Club does not condone the singing heard during this evening’s match and apologise profusely for any offence caused.”

It comes after O’Hara was hammered by disciplinary beaks when he was summoned to Hampden in relation to incidents in last month’s meeting between the clubs in the same competition.

The Falkirk forward, and team-mate Joe McKee, were issued with notices of complaint by the SFA are being cited under disciplinary rule 202, that says “no player shall commit excessive misconduct at a match”.

Although not specifically stated, it was believed both players were accused of making malicious comments about Shiels’ missing eye during the game.

The Athletic player was sent off in the closing stages for a lunge on McKee, who will face his hearing this Thursday.