Scottish FA hits Lennon with misconduct charge

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been charged by the Scottish

Football Association with abusing a referee during halftime of the

3-2 loss to fierce rival Rangers in the Premier League.

Lennon confronted referee Calum Murray in the tunnel to

criticize the official’s performance during the first half of

Sunday’s match, with Celtic 1-0 down and reduced to 10 men

following Cha Du-Ri’s sending off.

Lennon was barred from returning to the dugout for the second

half, and watched the rest of the match from the media room after

being told he wasn’t safe sitting in the stands.

The SFA charge relates to ”misconduct at a match by dissent,

the adoption of aggressive behavior towards a match official and

the repeated use of offensive, abusing and insulting

language.”