Celtic will appeal Lennon ban
By Tim
Tuesday 11 Jan 2011 18:32:00
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Celtic will appeal boss Neil Lennon's 6 match touchline ban after issuing a statement via the official club website.

The club have confirmed the matter is in the hands of the club lawyers and branded the ban as "excessive" and "unprecedented for a first offence."

Celtic also gave the Hoops gaffer their full support in this matter and indicated they wish to review the process into future hearings.

The move comes after the SFA hit Lennon with a six game ban after he had appealed the original punishment of a two game ban following his dismissal at Tynecastle following a disputed penalty call.

The full statement reads as follows :

“Celtic and Neil Lennon confirmed today that they will be appealing today's decision by the SFA Disciplinary Committee to impose a six-match touchline ban.    

 “The matter is in the hands of the club's lawyers.

 “We are very surprised and extremely disappointed at today's decision  - we believe the punishment imposed was excessive in the circumstances and to our knowledge  unprecedented for a first offence.

 “We have maintained for some time that a range of SFA processes and structures needed to be reviewed and updated. This view was supported recently by Henry McLeish in his review of the SFA. 

 “Today's events only underline and reinforce our opinion. Without question Celtic will be supporting its manager Neil Lennon in his appeal .

 “As well as challenging  the severity of the punishment imposed, our appeal will also focus on issues of procedural fairness and the manner in which such hearings are conducted.”



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