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LENNON RAGES AT REF MADDEN

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HIBS boss Neil Lennon could be in disciplinary trouble again after accusing referees of having an agenda against his side.

The Easter Road gaffer was left fuming after controversial Old Firm referee Bobby Madden refused to give his side a penalty during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Morton.

Lennon, already facing a ban after last month’s touchline bust-up with Cappielow chief Jim Duffy, reacted angrily when Mark Russell’s apparent 27th-minute handball went unpunished.

Hibs had taken the lead through Jason Cummings before Madden pointed to the spot – only this time the decision went for the hosts when Darren McGregor was penalised for a challenge on Jamie McDonagh and Lawrence Shankland levelled.

Lennon raged: “I don’t get it. Maybe there is an agenda, I don’t know. Maybe I’m getting paranoid.

“Their player used two hands to block a goal-bound shot. I just don’t understand it.

“I’ve no qualms with the penalty Morton got, but everyone could see what happened with the other incident.

“I need an explanation, but I’ll not get one. It’ll be ‘it’s poor old Lenny being the victim again’.

“But I’m starting to think that there is an agenda. We have had five red cards this season and three were rescinded – I wonder if that’s a record.

“I don’t know of any team in one season – and we’re not even finished yet – who have had three red cards rescinded. That’s cost us points.

“I just didn’t like the referee’s performance and I want an explanation because it’s not one hand that’s stopped the shot, it’s two hands.”

Madden was in the news recently when he refused to award Celtic a last-gasp penalty-kick in the 1-1 draw with Rangers after Clint Hill brought down Leigh Griffiths.

The veteran Ibrox defender admitted to Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers later he “had got away with one”.

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