Lennon served Notice of Complaint

Published Monday, 26 March 2012
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been served with a Notice of Complaint following his sending off at half-time during the 3-2 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

Lennon served Notice of Complaint
Lennon's account of the incident is at odds with the complaint. (© Getty)

After complaining to referee Calum Murray in the tunnel about his performance, with the Hoops a goal down and defender Cha Du-ri sent off, the Lurgan man was ordered to the stand.

The Parkhead boss has allegedly breached rule 203 which pertains to "misconduct at a match by dissent, the adoption of aggressive behaviour towards a match official and the repeated use of offensive, abusing and insulting language" and has until next Tuesday to respond.

However, Lennon's account of the incident is at odds with the complaint.

"I spoke quite quietly and coldly to the referee in the tunnel," said the former Celtic skipper after the game. "I didn't swear and didn't point any fingers.

"I told him I wasn't happy with his first-half performance.

"I was speaking to the match delegate after the game and their version of events are different from mine but I've got witnesses to back me up.

He continued: "Alan Thompson (coach) and our PR person was there, and a couple of other members of staff and players."

Lennon watched the rest of the match on TV in the media room after Celtic's security staff advised him against sitting in the stand.

The Scottish Football Association have set the Principal Hearing Date for Thursday 19 April but the SFA's Compliance Officer, Vincent Lunny, and Lennon have another matter to clear up.

Lunny has already written to the Celtic manager asking him to explain his comments following last week's 1-0 Scottish Communities League Cup final defeat against Kilmarnock at Hampden.

It is understood Lennon described referee Willie Collum's decision not to award the Hoops a late penalty as "shocking" and "criminal".

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Anonymous in Fermanagh wrote (940 days ago):
To Danny in Dublin. Maybe Neil will keep quiet when he starts getting fair play. Some of the decisions against his team this season have been a disgrace.Last season he got attacked on the pitch, in the full glare of publicity and yet it was claimed there was no evidence. He gets death threats and bullets in the post and the charges are dropped. Give the man a break.
Eileen in Fermanagh wrote (940 days ago):
In reply to Charles (Lisbellaw) Neil Lennon is no thug and his comment should not have been printed on the utv website, surely it is breaking "house rules". Neil Lennon is picked one for one reason and one only because of his religion, he was driven out of northern ireland by his so called fans, because he was a catholic playing for Lurgan. Why wouldnt he be annoyed in a cup final at the unbelievable decision by the referee not to award a penalty when it was a penalty. There is no justice in the courts either.What about comments made by other scottish managers and nothing done against them.
Anonymous in Fermanagh wrote (941 days ago):
To Charles in Lisbellaw, if there wasn't so much sectarian bigotry and anti- Celtic feeling, Neil Lennon wouldn't be in the news. It all started at Windsor Park, when he received death threats from his own so-called fans. The trend has continued in Scotland.
jean in belfast wrote (942 days ago):
he is always controversial i have watched him being interviewed many a time and i have watched his antics he doesnt set a good example of sportsmanship he is aggressive. there are better people out there who would be a better ambassador for the job and football neil lennon has the personality of a plank
unhappy in west yorkshire wrote (942 days ago):
all anyone has to do its look at terry butcher's comments after a past inverness game = “There is no justice in the appeal, it is a kangaroo court as far as I’m concerned. If thats not worthy of a notice of complaint then neil lennons certainly isn't . Anything Celtic and Catholic are hated in that country , believe it or not its worse than this wee one , maybe not as segregated as in this country but bigotry and sectarianism are rampant
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