Some You Lose
Even appearing in front of the appeal committee did Scott Brown little good.
Scott Brown has lost an appeal against his extended Champions League ban which means that Celtic manager Neil Lennon will have to consider his options for when they face Ajax on Wednesday. Brown hoped that by appearing in person to plead his case to UEFA's appeals committee in Switzerland would help his appeal. However, his trip was wasted as his ban for an additional two matches on top of the automatic one-game suspension still stands. Brown was sent off in the Group H game against Barcelona on 1 October, for flicking a leg out at Neymar after fouling the Brazilian. Brown has already missed the home Champions League game against Ajax last monthManager Lennon said of the appeal: "It has been turned down. We didn't win the appeal. It is disappointing. We thought we had a good case. He will be flying back and meeting up with the squad (for the Dundee United game) tonight. I feel the ban is excessive for a misdemeanour, or whatever you want to call it. I am sure we had a fair hearing but it wasn't to be. It is a blow for us and for Scott and we will just have to deal with it. You are hoping to have the ban reduced but if not, you have contingency plans just in case. We do have an idea of who will play there on Wednesday. We will have to keep an eye on Beram Kayal, we can't afford to lose too many players in that area because it is a crucial part of the pitch."
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