Further punishment looms for Lennon following touchline ban
Thursday 13 January 2011
Celtic manager Neil Lennon could face further punishment from the Scottish Football Association within a week of being handed a six-match touchline ban. The SFA's general purposes committee (GPC) meets on Monday, with controversial comments made by Lennon following defeats by Rangers and Hearts said to be on the agenda.
Lennon received a six-match ban, which he plans to challenge, from the SFA's disciplinary committee on Tuesday following his dismissal in the same game against Hearts and subsequent reaction towards fourth official Steven McLean.
While the disciplinary committee is responsible for dealing with incidents flagged up in official reports from referees and police, the GPC takes care of less concrete reports of alleged misdemeanour. The committee will discuss Lennon's post-match comments following his team's 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat at Tynecastle on 10 November.
Lennon described as "scandalous" and "ridiculous" a rejected penalty claim for a Ryan Stevenson handball, which sparked his angry reaction, and Joe Ledley's red card.
The former Celtic captain also claimed the match officials "probably have their story ready already" – an apparent reference to referee Dougie McDonald's false account of why he rescinded a penalty awarded to Celtic against Dundee United.
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