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Celtic's manager, Neil Lennon, faces SFA charges over Hearts dismissal
Press Association - 5 years ago

Celtic's manager, Neil Lennon, will face an additional Scottish Football Association charge following his dismissal in the 2-0 defeat by Hearts on 10 November. The referee, Craig Thomson, has accused Lennon of "excessive misconduct" after he reacted angrily to the fourth official, Steven McLean, amid protests over a denied penalty claim.

Lennon already faced an automatic two-match ban after being sent to the stand but he confirmed yesterday he planned to appeal against that statutory ban and would spend the next day reading through Thomson's match report.

The report included the additional charge, which is due to be heard at the SFA's disciplinary committee meeting on 7 December.

Lennon berated McLean after Thomson acted on the fourth official's advice to send the Celtic boss to the stand after he remonstrated over an apparent handball by Ryan Stevenson, which went unpunished.

The Celtic manager could yet find himself facing more charges if the SFA's general purposes committee decree his post-match comments are worthy of punishment.

Lennon branded the decisions – plus Joe Ledley's red card – as "scandalous" and "ridiculous" and said Thomson's reputation as one of the best referees in the country did not reflect well on the rest.

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