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The Irish was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson at Tynecastle in November after an arrival with fourth official Steven McLean, and of the two-match ban automatic more was punished in January by the SFA for “excessive fouls”.
However, following the appeal in Hampden, was heard by the Chief Judge Lord Carloway and two other members of the Group unnamed, Lennon, represented by Paul McBride QC, had his ban reduced by two parties.
A statement from the SFA Lee: “the Appeal Board has found this evening that the Office of the Scottish FA’s excessive fouls against the Manager of Celtic , Neil Lennon, was inevitable.
“However, set aside the original penalty of an automatic suspension of two more matches other four games by excessive misconduct and imposed a new sentence of an automatic suspension of two parties and an additional two parties.”
“The new sanctions will be imposed with immediate effect”.
However, the former Celtic captain could hit with another ban before the end of a current that is configured to start in the match on Saturday against Hamilton in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Deputy Chief of Lennon and Rangers Ally McCoist are in trouble after having to separate at the end of a reproduction of the Scottish Cup fifth round sullenness which Celtic won with a goal from Mark Wilson.
In a blunt statement from yesterday, SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan condemned “the inflammatory and irresponsible behavior” he witnessed during and after the match and confirmed that launched had an investigation in all the incidents, including the three red cards collected by visitors
Duo of Ibrox Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra were sent during the match, both for two yellow cards and after the team final-compañero whistle El-Hadji Diouf also picked up a red card to book a second after approaching referee Calum Murray.
Lennon said he and McCoist resolved their differences, but it is likely that handed touchline bans after completing the two research.
The Chief of rings that official Web site of the Celtic: “there was an incident on the touchline at the final whistle between me and Ally McCoist, and obviously is one which has attracted much attention.
“He has much experience of this accessory and we know that sometimes, in the heat of the moment, you can say things and words exchanged.
“It is an exciting game and we want our team to win.
“However, we could still sit down after the game and, for us, the matter is closed.”
The angry scenes have been examined during and after the match in the Scottish Parliament and both clubs have agreed to meet with the Scottish Government and police officials to discuss the consequences of parties of the classic.
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