Celtic Park

Next Game

Celtic v Dundee

Friday, 01 May 2015, 19:45

Scots Prem

Tannadice Park

Last Game

Dundee U 0 - 3 Celtic

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 12:30

Scots Prem

Lennon stands by Brown view

Neil Lennon has insisted that Scott Brown did not have to apologise for his sending off in Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

Last Updated: 03/10/13 at 18:04 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Complains to the fourth official after Brown's dismissal

Neil Lennon: Complains to the fourth official after Brown's dismissal

The Celtic skipper was dismissed in the 58th minute at Parkhead for kicking out at Neymar after he had hauled down the Brazilian.

Cesc Fabregas headed the winner for the visitors and Brown apologised for his actions in the dressing room following the game.

But Lennon still maintains that Brown did not deserve a straight red card, and he again hit out at Neymar for over-reacting to minimal contact.

Lennon said: "Looking at the incident again, I stand by what I said. Contact is minimal, if there is any at all.

"People might call it petulance but is it a sending off? No.

"The tackle by (Sergio) Busquets on (Beram) Kayal, that warranted a red card for me and Emilio Izaguirre on (Dani) Alves.

"There were far more physical and worse challenges in the game than Scott's and I feel aggrieved.

"I am getting criticised for that now and that's fine. It's my opinion, he's my captain.

"He has come out and apologised for it which I don't think he needed to do but maybe he felt compelled to do that for the supporters.

"But I am disappointed with the reaction of Neymar."

But Lennon confirmed he would not be appealing the sending-off as Brown will incur only a one-match suspension, which could be increased if any appeal is thrown out.

"I would have appealed if the ban had been more severe," Lennon added.

"But at the minute we are looking at a one-game ban, so we don't want to make things any worse."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Liverpool should start trying alternative therapy now, given that Sturridge's hips and knees are apparently unfathomable to modern medicine. Voodoo, acupuncture, healing oils, rolling in the snow after a hot bath, its all got to be worth a go now.

slideways
Sturridge doubt for run-in

W

ell thats the most one sided, Mourinho ass kissing, Terry loving conlcusions I have ever read. Does Daniel Storey have a tattoo of the Chelsea crest on his calf too? What a plonker.

goonergo
16 Conclusions: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

F

or the laugh we should finish the season with a front three of Borini & Balotelli, spearheaded by one R Lambert. What's the actual worst thing that could happen?

batdog
Liverpool 'can finish fourth'

Footer 365

Chelsea captain John Terry: We are definitely not boring

Chelsea captain John Terry claims that nobody will remember their defensive performances in the title run-in.

Javier Hernandez is hard to drop on current form, says Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits Javier Hernandez's starting position is non-negotiable given his current form.

Oscar available for Chelsea's trip to Leicester after head knock

Oscar has recovered from a blow to the head and will be available for Chelsea's trip to Leicester, says Jose Mourinho.

Mail Box

Mail From Fan Who Craves Relegation...

In this case it's a Sunderland fan who just wants to see a clear-out. We also have mails about Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. It's long and it's sexy...

Is This What Arsenal Fans Feel Like?

'It's all well with the short and pretty passes, but we did absolute f*** all up front,' writes one Man United fan. We have mails on Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company