Several prohibitions: Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic, gives instructions from the stands during the final picture of the Cup cooperative insurance: GETTY IMAGES
The Celtic Manager is excluded from its technical area after having been banned for six games for crimes committed at Tynecastle in November, a penalty reduced to four games in the appeal.
During the course of the appeal, Lennon attracted other four sets of suspension due to his confrontational with Ally McCoist, the Deputy Director of Rangers at the end of the Old Firm derby in the replay of the Scottish Cup fifth round at Parkhead on March 2.
The SFA argued that the two prohibitions is served at the same time, in accordance with ‘ custom and practice “, while the Celtic maintained that the rules of the Association stated that any ban came into force two weeks before it was imposed and that overlap the two sanctions”, by what Lennon should serve a total of five games in the stand.
A statement issued by the SFA read: “the governing body has now said: ‘ the Scottish FA has received independent legal advice on this point and has unfortunately been notified that his interpretation of the rule is legally unenforceable.”
“As such, the club reported that Lennon may resume the dugout on April 9, 2011.”
The statement added: “taking into account the increasingly high risks in football and the millions of pounds clubs competing in Europe, is called into question rules written by the Trustees to govern the Club members of the Scottish Football Association for legal reasons.”
“This is creating a situation where large sums being made in legal fees at a time when the game simply cannot afford it.”
Celtic also issued a statement in which he said: “we take note of the long statement today by the SFA on the single issue of suspension of Lennon run of consecutive or simultaneous form.”
“We therefore hope Neil return to the dugout during the game against St Mirren on April 9, 2011.” It should not have been necessary for Celtic to involve our lawyers in this simple matter and we would have much preferred to have not had to do it.
“But it is essential that the SFA correctly applied the rules imposed, regardless of which turn out to be.” The SFA can not operate above the law or its own rules.
“A comprehensive review of the disciplinary procedures of the SFA is a clear need and we note that the SFA dealt with this matter.” “Support us this and I hope that the legal interventions will not be necessary in the future.”
Lennon sits in the boxes at the Caledonian Stadium for the second time in as many weeks when its players assume Caley thistle in SPL midday kick-off on Saturday.
The Jags Highland have a team unchanged while Freddie Ljungberg is in contention for Celtic after going through the friendly against Athletic Bilbao. Shaun Maloney is back in training, but is unlikely to have.
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