Lennon’s ban reduced

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon was celebrating last night after seeing the Scottish Football Association reduce his six match touchline ban to four games.

Lennon was sent to the stands for arguing with the fourth official during Celtic’s match against Hearts in November, and was eventually sent off by referee Craig Thomson.

Lennon was given the long band for ‘excessive misconduct’ in a move to demand respect for referee’s north of the border.

The ban has now been reduced by two matches to four, although is still far larger than the usual fines handed out in the Premier League.

An SFA statement said, “The Appeals Board has 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.

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