Celtic manager suspended six games

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GLASGOW, Scotland -- The Scottish Football Association denied Celtic manager Neil Lennon's appeal of a two-match suspension, and tripled the ban to six matches on Tuesday.

Lennon was sent off during a Scottish Premier League match against Hearts in November, and was initially handed a two-match ban.

After appeal, the suspension for excessive misconduct for comments made toward the fourth official, was upheld and extended by four games. Lennon will start serving the suspension later this month.

Celtic announced on its website that it will now appeal Lennon's six-game ban.

"We are very surprised and extremely disappointed at today's decision -- we believe the punishment imposed was excessive in the circumstances and to our knowledge unprecedented for a first offence," a club statement said.

"Without question Celtic will be supporting its manager Neil Lennon in his appeal. As well as challenging the severity of the punishment imposed, our appeal will also focus on issues of procedural fairness and the manner in which such hearings are conducted."


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