Lennon walks tightrope over SFA calls

13 April 2011 09:00
Neil Lennon returned to the dugout on Tuesday night and straight back into the spotlight with comments about the Scottish Football Association's apparent leniency in dealing with Rangers. The Celtic boss was handed a four-match ban by the SFA for his touchline spat with Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist at the end of the Hoops' Scottish Cup fifth-round replay win at Parkhead on March 2. McCoist successfully appealed against the two-match ban he was given and Ibrox players Madjid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf escaped with fines and warnings after facing the SFA's disciplinary committee to answer a case of "misconduct of a significantly serious nature" during the same game. Paul McBride QC, who represented Lennon at Hampden and got his suspension effectively reduced to one game because of the way the SFA had misinterpreted their own rules, claimed the ruling body was now the "laughing stock of world football". Lennon treaded carefully when asked about McBride's comments following the 1-0 win at St Johnstone, saying: "That is Paul's opinion. He is not speaking on behalf of the club or myself but obviously Paul is someone I respect and admire very much and if he is saying that then there might be a lot of other people thinking that as well."

Source: PA

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