Sunday 18 March 2018

Neil Lennon given five-game UEFA ban for 'acts of violence against the referee'

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon

Gavin McCafferty

Neil Lennon has been hit with a shock five-match ban by UEFA after being charged with "acts of violence against the referee".

UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body has handed down the punishment in relation to his dismissal during Hibs' 1-0 Europa League defeat by Brondby on July 14.

The former Celtic and Bolton manager was sent to the stand after protesting over a disallowed goal for his side.

Lennon has already served an automatic one-match touchline ban for the second leg in Denmark, which Hibs won 1-0 before going out on penalties.

Lennon felt his original punishment was unfair at the time.

Spanish referee Juan Martinez Munuera called him out of his dugout before Brondby took the free-kick and sent him to the stand after Jason Cummings was ruled offside in the 30th minute of the Easter Road encounter.

Lennon said after the game: ''We had a legitimately perfect, brilliant goal disallowed. He's onside and I was angry because, firstly, he (the assistant referee) got it wrong, and he wasn't up with play.

''I remonstrated with the linesman and was sent off for no reason whatsoever. I didn't think the referee had a good game, which is what I expected after looking at his record before the game. The relationship with the two linesmen was poor.

''I want to appeal it because it's just a piece of nonsense. It's the first time in Europe that I've been sent to the stand so I'm really irked by that.

''It looked to me like he (Munuera) wanted to be the star of the show rather than the players.''

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