Celtic boss Lennon in trouble again as SFA demand answers over referee comments
17:01 GMT, 28 March 2012
The Scottish Football Association's compliance officer Vincent Lunny has written to Neil Lennon for the third time in just over a week.
He has asked for an explanation of comments made by the Celtic manager about referees ahead of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Johnstone at Parkhead this coming Sunday.
Ahead of the visit of the Saints, which will be refereed by George Salmond, Lennon was quoted in Tuesday's Evening Times as saying: 'It will be nice just to be able to go out and think only about winning a game of football – and maybe have a decent refereeing performance into the bargain.'
In the dock: Celtic boss Neil Lennon is spoken to during the Old Firm clash
The Parkhead boss has allegedly
breached rule 69, which prevents managers commenting on referees before
games, a rule which was implemented at the start of the season.
The Northern Irishman has until Friday to respond.
The former Hoops skipper was served with a notice of complaint by Lunny on Monday after being sent off by referee Calum Murray at half-time in the 3-2 SPL defeat by Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, a decision which Lennon described as 'a joke'.
Lunny had already written to the Northern Irishman asking him to explain his comments following last week's 1-0 Scottish Communities League Cup final defeat against Kilmarnock at Hampden when he referred to referee Willie Collum's decision not to award the Hoops a late penalty as 'shocking' and 'criminal'.
In October, Hearts manager Paulo
Sergio escaped with a warning for his comments about match official Iain
Brines before his side's SPL win over Dunfermline.
Seeing red: Cha Du-Ri was one of two Celtic players sent off against Rangers
Brines had riled the Portuguese boss when he disallowed an Eggert Jonsson goal for handball during the Jambos' 1-0 Scottish Communities League Cup defeat by Ayr United the previous month.
Sergio said: 'I am not happy with that. I am not happy to have him at Hearts games, I'm sorry.'
Sergio was also censured for breaching rule 68 which, among other things, relates to the indication of 'bias or incompetence on the part of such match official; or make remarks about such match official(s) which impinge on his character'.
Meanwhile, Lennon has threatened to stop using his Twitter account.
Earlier, the Celtic boss appeared to be in a chirpy mood, tweeting: 'Ive best job in the world' (sic) after saying, 'enjoy your morning…am going to watch these great young players train…its such a buzz.' (sic).
However, after some prolific tweeting during the afternoon, his attitude appeared to change and he tweeted: 'Guys enough with the hate and bitterness on both sides..this twitter is supposed to be fun.i will stop unless you stop.'