Celtic manager Neil Lennon has had his touchline ban reduced from six matches to four following an appeal at Hampden Park.
Lennon had been banned for excessive misconduct following a touchline altercation with Fourth Official Steven McLean during the club’s defeat away to Hearts in November. It took the SFA two months – blaming the weather – to impose a six match ban which many within the football fraternity believed was harsh, especially for a first offence. With some, including ourselves believing that the SFA was trying to make an example of the Celtic manager after the whole referee strike fiasco.
Now having listened to Celtic’s case, the SFA’s Appeals Board has reduced his ban from six matches to four.
A statement issued by the SFA said, “The Appeals Board has tonight found that the Scottish FA’s charge of excessive misconduct against the Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, was inevitable. However, they set aside the original sanction of a two-match automatic suspension plus a further four matches for excessive misconduct and have imposed a new sanction of an automatic two-match suspension and an additional two matches. The new sanction will be imposed with immediate effect.”
The ban will mean that Lennon will miss Celtic’s match on Saturday against Hamilton Accies, their Scottish Cup Quarter Final clash with Inverness Caley Thistle on the 13th March, against Hibs at Celtic Park on the 16th and the Co-operative Insurance Cup Final against Rangers on the 20th March.