Len­non’s ‘ridicu­lous’ touch­line ban in Europe re­duced to four games

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NEIL LEN­NON has had his UEFA ban re­duced to a four-match touch­line sus­pen­sion fol­low­ing an ap­peal.

Eu­ro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body had ini­tially meted out a five-game penalty after charg­ing the Hiber­nian head coach with “acts of vi­o­lence against the ref­eree” dur­ing July’s 1-0 Europa League sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round, first leg 1-0 de­feat to Brondby.

The for­mer Celtic man­ager was sent to the stand by Span­ish of­fi­cial Juan Martinez Munuera after re­mon­strat­ing over the de­ci­sion to wrongly dis­al­low a Ja­son Cum­mings goal for off­side.

Len­non watched on from the stands in the re­turn leg in Den­mark as Hibs were knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion on penal­ties at the penul­ti­mate qual­i­fy­ing stage.

Len­non was then left out­raged when UEFA’s Con­trol, Ethics and Dis­ci­plinary Body handed out an ad­di­tional five-match dugout ban after ex­am­in­ing the ref­eree’s re­port. Fol­low­ing an ap­peal, how­ever, that pun­ish­ment has now been re­duced.

Speak­ing after he was handed the ini­tial sus­pen­sion, Len­non said: “I could not be­lieve it was a five-game ban. It is just ridicu­lous and a piece of non­sense re­ally.

“The word­ing of the charge is ridicu­lous. The game-and-a-half that I served should be pun­ish­ment enough. Any ad­di­tional games, I was think­ing one at the most, but five; to say it is ex­ces­sive is an un­der­state­ment.”

Con­firm­ing that Len­non’s ban had been re­duced, a UEFA spokesper­son said: “The ap­peal lodged by the Hiber­nian head coach Neil Len­non has been par­tially ac­cepted.

“Con­se­quently, the de­ci­sion of 21 July 2016 has been amended as fol­lows: To sus­pend the Hiber­nian FC of­fi­cial Neil Len­non for four UEFA com­pe­ti­tion matches in which he would oth­er­wise par­tic­i­pate.”

Pic­ture: SNS

O CAP­TAIN MY CAP­TAIN: Bren­dan Rodgers (right) reck­ons Scott Brown (cen­tre) could have pros­pered in Eng­land.

RE­DUCED: Hiber­nian head coach Neil Len­non had one match taken off his fiveg­ame ban.

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