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Lennon seeks response from UEFA in Juve marking row

Ronnie Esplin

Published 16/02/2013 | 04:00

File photo dated 11/02/2013 of Celtic manager Neil Lennon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 13, 2013. INeil Lennon has to rally his troops for a "miracle" trip to Turin following Celtic's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus at Parkhead last night. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Chris Clark/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/02/2013 of Celtic manager Neil Lennon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 13, 2013. INeil Lennon has to rally his troops for a "miracle" trip to Turin following Celtic's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus at Parkhead last night. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Chris Clark/PA Wire

Celtic will seek "clarification" from UEFA over referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco's performance in the 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus at Parkhead on Tuesday night, manager Neil Lennon has revealed.

The Spanish official came in for widespread criticism of the way he allowed the Serie A side to manhandle Celtic players at times in the penalty area during the first leg of their last 16 tie.

Lennon was seething after the game and ahead of today's Scottish Premier League game against Dundee United at Parkhead he confirmed that the Scottish champions would be looking for an explanation from European football's governing body.

"The referee didn't do his job and there has been a lot of talk since Tuesday night regarding it, so we are looking for clarification on the referee's decisions during the game," he said.

"We are going to compile a DVD and send it to them (UEFA) and wait and see what answers we do get.

"It's a myth that Juventus 'did their homework'. That's rubbish. Juventus defend like that week in, week out in Serie A.

"If anything we had done our homework and we made sure the referee was aware of it and he was looking at it time and again and Juventus went unpunished.

"We needed a strong referee and we didn't have that. It was blatant. Gianluca Vialli (former Juventus skipper) said we should have had two penalties, Graham Poll and Dermot Gallagher (former referees)...Trevor Francis said that even in his time playing in the 1980s (in Italy) it was never as blatant as what he seen the other night, so these guys can't all be wrong."

Irish Independent

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