They keep him hanging on
By Grahame Greeen
Updated Monday, 6th December 2010
Pity new technology does not allow committee members to phone or video conference into a meeting
|The weather has caused another postponement, that of the SFA disciplinary committee which had been due to meet on Tuesday to discuss, among other issues, Neil Lennon's appeal against a touchline ban. No new date has yet been set for the meeting, who will determine Lennon's potential punishment for his dismissal in his side's league defeat to Hearts on 10 November. Lennon was sent to the stand on the advice of fourth official Steven McLean after he complained about referee Craig Thomson's failure to award his side a penalty for a handball by Ryan Stevenson. That offence carries an automatic touchline ban, in Lennon's case of two games, but Thomson's report also accused the former Celtic captain of "excessive misconduct". The disciplinary committee will decide both the outcome of Lennon's appeal and any further sanctions resulting from the additional charge.
The panel will also discuss Lennon's actions after Gary Hooper struck a late winner against Dundee United on 17 October. Tayside Police wrote to the SFA expressing concern about the way Lennon ran down the track to celebrate Hooper's goal in front of the stand housing visiting fans at Tannadice. The manager also faces more disciplinary action if another SFA committee decides he overstepped the mark with comments about Thomson following the Tynecastle clash, and criticism of referee Willie Collum following an earlier defeat by Rangers. The general purposes committee had been due to meet at the beginning of last week but snow forced that to be postponed as well, with no new date yet confirmed.