Neil Lennon charged over Ibrox ref rant

Lennon charged by SFA over referee rant in Celtic's derby defeat to Rangers

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16:17 GMT, 26 March 2012

Neil Lennon has been charged by the SFA after after being sent during Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox.

After complaining to referee Calum Murray about his performance in the tunnel, the Celtic manager Lennon was ordered to the stands but watched the second half from the media room.

Afterwards he said: 'My sending-off is a joke. I don't think I deserved to be sent off. My staff are very angry about it, my players are angry and disappointed.

Having a word: The assistant referee talks to Neil Lennon at Ibrox

Having a word: The assistant referee talks to Neil Lennon at Ibrox

CRYSTAL CLEAR….

Lennon has allegedly breached
rule 203 which states that: 'no member of team staff shall commit
misconduct at a match, including but not limited to committing acts of
the kind described in the schedule of offences in annex C' which relates
to 'misconduct at a match by dissent, the adoption of aggressive
behaviour towards a match official and the repeated use of offensive,
abusing and insulting language.'

'I spoke quite quietly and coldly to the referee in the tunnel. I didn't swear and didn't point any fingers.

'I told him I wasn't happy with his first-half performance. I was speaking to the match delegate after the game and their version of events are different from mine but I've got witnesses to back me up.

'Alan Thompson (coach) and our PR person was there, a couple of other members of staff and players.'

Frustrated: Lennon's Celtic side could have won the title at Ibrox

Frustrated: Lennon's Celtic side could have won the title at Ibrox

Lennon has until Tuesday April 3 to respond and a principal hearing date has been set for Thursday, April 19.

The Celtic boss has allegedly breached
rule 203 which states that 'no member of team staff shall commit
misconduct at a match, including but not limited to committing acts of
the kind described in the schedule of offences in annex C' which relates
to 'misconduct at a match by dissent, the adoption of aggressive
behaviour towards a match official and the repeated use of offensive,
abusing and insulting language'.