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Celtic boss Neil Lennon is facing three SFA complaints after Cup defeat

Updated: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 18:52 | Comments

Neil Lennon has also been hit with two charges relating to comments made on Twitter
Neil Lennon has also been hit with two charges relating to comments made on Twitter

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been issued with a notice of complaint over alleged rule breaches relating to the Scottish Cup defeat by Hearts, the SFA have announced.

Lennon has been hit with a misconduct charge, which relates to offences including aggressive behaviour and insulting language towards a match official.

He confronted referee Euan Norris over a penalty award, which came when a Hearts' shot hit the arms of two Hoops players. 

Celtic were then denied a penalty when the ball struck a Hearts defender.

Lennon has also been hit with two charges relating to comments made on Twitter.

The Hoops boss, who did not conduct any post-match interviews, tweeted soon after the game: "Referee told players he thought Wanyama handled...feel so sorry for players and fans..I think it's personal myself."

He then re-tweeted a comment from a Celtic supporter which suggested the club "pack our bags and get out of this league that is run by crooked #SFA officials".

The online comments will see him face two charges, including an alleged breach of rule 68 which forbids criticism of match officials in a way that indicates bias or incompetence or impinges on his character. The rule specifically includes comments made on a "social networking or micro-blogging site".

Lennon is also accused of breaching rule 71 by not acting in the best interests of football or acting in an improper manner.

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