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Lennon to fight Euro ban


Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Neil Lennon has vowed to "vigorously" challenge his five-match UEFA ban after being shocked by the European governing body's charge.

The Hibernian manager was handed the additional suspension on top of the automatic one-match touchline ban he served after being sent to the stand during his team's 1-0 defeat by Brondby at Easter Road last month.

Lennon had protested towards the assistant referee from his dugout following a disallowed goal before being dismissed by Spanish official Juan Martinez Munuera. But the UEFA charge read "acts of violence against the referee".

The former Celtic and Bolton boss said: "What is that? I didn't have any harsh words with the referee at all. The only person I was upset about was the linesman. I was incredulous he was sending me off for something I found so futile really. So I am surprised. I haven't seen the reports yet but I will defend it."

Lennon, whose team exited the Europa League on penalties in Denmark, added: "I knew about it a week ago before it became public and my reaction to it, as it is now, is that it's pretty excessive to say the least."