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Lennon banned for three matches after admitting SFA charge

By June 21, 2018No Comments

Neil Lennon will be forced to watch Hibernian’s first three domestic games from the stand after being punished for his on-pitch celebration against Rangers on the final day of last season.

The Northern Irishman was ushered up the tunnel by fourth official Bobby Madden after darting onto the Easter Road turf to celebrate Jame Maclaren’s stoppage-time equaliser as his side hit back at the end of a thrilling 5-5 draw with Rangers.

But his aeroplane-style antics have earned the Leith manager a one-match touchline ban after he admitted a Scottish Football Association disciplinary charge of committing “misconduct at a match”.

And his guilty plea has also triggered a suspended two-match punishment dished out back in March following Lennon’s furious bust-up with referee Kevin Clancy at Kilmarnock.

Lennon had hoped Hampden bosses would show mercy after accusing the away support of targeting him with sectarian abuse through the dramatic curtain-closer with Gers.

Speaking after the clash – which saw his side blow a 3-0 lead before fighting back for a point – he said: “They are singing sectarian songs at me. It’s just a little bit of ‘have some of that’.

“It was worth it. Trust me. Bobby was fine about it. I should not get a ban for that. I was just letting them know how pleased I was to get the equaliser.

“I enjoyed the moment. It was a big jumbo jet there.”

Lennon will now be absent from the dug-out as Hibs kick-off their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign against Motherwell on August 4.

He will also be forced to watch their clash with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on August 11 from stands as well as their opening Betfred Cup tie the following week against an as yet to be decided opponent.

However, Lennon will be on the sidelines when Hibs open their campaign with a Europa League qualifier against minnows NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands on July 12.