Lennon to answer additional charge

16 November 2010 08:30

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will face an additional Scottish Football Association charge following his dismissal in the 2-0 defeat by Hearts, it was confirmed on Monday night.

Lennon already faced an automatic two-match ban after being sent to the stand for reacting angrily to fourth official Steven McLean amid protests over a denied penalty claim.

However, he confirmed on Sunday he planned to appeal against that statutory ban and would spend the next day reading through referee Craig Thomson's match report. The report included the additional charge of 'excessive misconduct', which is due to be heard at the SFA's disciplinary committee meeting on December 7.

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

The Celtic manager could yet find himself facing more charges over the Tynecastle match 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.

Source: PA