Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been handed a six match touchline ban, after the SFA Disciplinary Committee today found him guilty of excessive misconduct.
Lennon will serve his automatic two match ban for being dismissed during the SPL match against Hearts at Tynecastle in November 10th 2010, and has been handed an additional four match ban for excessive misconduct.
Sanctions are effective from Tuesday 18th January, however Celtic have confirmed via their official website that they will be appealing, and have seven days to do so.
The Parkhead club have claimed that the disciplinary process at the SFA needs to be reviewed and updated.
Celtic have confirmed that they will appeal the four match ban, and are upset at the severity of the punishment dished out, in what is Lennon’s first offence.
The statement from Celtic said, “Celtic and Neil Lennon confirmed today that they will be appealing today’s decision by the SFA Disciplinary Committee to impose a six match touchline ban. The matter is in the hands of the club’s lawyers.”
They continued, “We are very surprised and extremely disappointed at today’s decision – we believe the punishment imposed was excessive in the circumstances and to our knowledge unprecedented for a first offence.”
If the appeal is upheld then Lennon would miss the Co-operative League Cup Semi Final against Aberdeen and the Scottish Cup Fifth Round tie against Rangers.
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