Neil Lennon rails against refs as Celtic lose
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.
Monday 07 May 2012
Champions Celtic fell to a first league defeat in six matches as Scott Robertson's header was enough to give Dundee United a 1-0 win at Tannadice yesterday.
Neil Lennon's side, who had last lost in the league in March, came into the match on a run of five successive wins without conceding a goal. The hosts went ahead from their first notable attack against a much-changed Celtic XI, Robertson powering home from Paul Dixon's cross.
Celtic were denied a penalty when Keith Watson handled, leaving Lennon, who is serving a touchline ban for confronting a referee over a penalty decision in last month's loss to Hearts, to call for consistency from officials. "Maybe I should ring John Fleming [the Scottish FA head of referee development] and ask him what is the difference," he said. "If they want to give them against us, then that one today has to be a penalty as well. You've got to be consistent.
"I am going to get accused of being a sore loser or blaming referees but it's not the point, what I want is an answer and I don't feel I get them."
In yesterday's other game, Hearts beat St Johnstone 2-0, goals from Rudi Skacel and Andy Webster.
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