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Celtic 'satisfied' with two-game ban for Lennon

CELTIC declared themselves satisfied with Neil Lennon's Scottish Football Association hearing after the Parkhead manager was served with a two-match ban.

Lennon was given the touchline ban - which will see him sit in the stand against Motherwell and Rangers in the next 10 days - for criticising referee Willie Collum following the Scottish Communities League Cup final on March 18.

But the former Celtic midfielder was given no additional punishment over his dismissal from the dugout against Rangers at Ibrox the following weekend.

The Ulsterman accused Collum of a "criminal" decision not to award Celtic a late penalty in their 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Hampden and Lennon was punished for "making comments in an interview which criticise the performance of a match official in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence".

But, for being sent from the technical area at half-time in a 3-2 defeat by Rangers, the SFA said "the tribunal imposed no further sanction on the basis that the half-game served outwith the technical area was sufficient".



Aggressive

Lennon is understood to have accepted a misconduct charge relating to dissent and adopting an aggressive attitude towards a match official after clashing with fourth official Iain Brines.

However, it is understood the panel did not pursue accusations of insulting and abusive language over Lennon's discussions with Brines and referee Calum Murray at half-time.

A Celtic spokesperson said: "We can confirm we are satisfied with the fairness and spirit of the hearing today and that no appeal will be made against the findings or sanctions."

However, fresh charges are likely to be brought including one concerning the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts at Hampden on Sunday.

Lennon marched on to the pitch to confront the referee and later tweeted: "I think it's personal myself".


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