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Hugh Dallas believes Celtic manager Neil Lennon went too too far to "bully" referee Euan Norris

Updated: Monday, 16 Apr 2012 13:47

Celtic manager Neil Lennon confronts referee Euan Morris after his side's surprise exit from the Scottish Cup
Celtic manager Neil Lennon confronts referee Euan Morris after his side's surprise exit from the Scottish Cup

Hugh Dallas believes Celtic manager Neil Lennon went too too far to "bully" referee Euan Norris after his team's 2-1 defeat to Hearts yesterday.

Lennon marched onto the pitch to confront Norris about the award of a late Jambos' penalty, which Craig Beattie converted to take Hearts into next month's final.

Dallas, formerly head of referee development at the Scottish FA before leaving his position following controversy over an offensive e-mail, reckons Lennon's behaviour did little for the reputation of the game in Scotland.

"I can't remember in 25 years of refereeing seeing a manager run that far onto a pitch to bully a referee," Dallas told STV. "These pictures are going around the world and it is not good."

Dallas believes Lennon would do well to take note of Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp's reaction to the controversial goal awarded to Chelsea yesterday in their 5-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat.

"Take another example yesterday in the Tottenham Hotspur game," Dallas added. "It was a huge occasion and a goal was given where the ball didn't cross the line.

"After the game, Harry Redknapp said he had a chat with the referee, who admitted he made an honest mistake.

"Redknapp said he was disappointed but was keen to move on. That's how we should do it in Scotland."