SFA to consider comments from Lennon
By Grahame Greeen
Updated Sunday, 28th November 2010
Now that the SFA have taken a stance against against referees, they may decide to play hard ball with Celtic
|Neil Lennon's ears will be burning tomorrow as the SFA's general purposes committee meets. The Parkhead manager's post-game comments, along with comments made by Gary Hooper, will be on the committee's agenda for Monday. Lennon is due a two-game ban to the stand for being sent off during the defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle on 10 November, following a tirade against fourth official Steven McLean. Referee Craig Thomson accused Lennon of "excessive misconduct" for his reaction after his side were denied a penalty claim. Lennon confirmed plans to appeal against the statutory ban but could face further charges if the general purposes committee decide his post-game comments merit punishment. Lennon described the penalty incident and Joe Ledley's red card as "scandalous" and "ridiculous", and claimed the officials "probably have their story ready already" - an apparent reference to the incident involving referee Dougie McDonald when he rescinded a penalty awarded to Celtic against Dundee United.
Reports suggest that Lennon could also be asked to explain remarks he made after the defeat to Rangers on 24 October when he criticised referee Willie Collum over the penalty he awarded to Rangers and his failure to send off Lee McCulloch during the 3-1 reverse. Hooper may be asked to explain his comment in a press conference earlier this month that referees gave decisions against Celtic because they are "one of the biggest clubs in the world."