Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Fuming SFA chief bites back at Bhoys

Scottish Football Association president George Peat has launched a scathing attack on Celtic following their decision to appeal against Neil Lennon's six-match touchline ban.

The Parkhead club were highly critical of the SFA after the sanctions were handed down to the Hoops boss, who lost his appeal against an automatic two-match ban on Tuesday following his dismissal in a game against Hearts in November.

Celtic claimed they were “very surprised and extremely disappointed” by what they described as excessive punishment, while calling for the SFA's processes to be updated.

But Peat has branded Celtic's complaints as “tiresome” and told them to focus more on their own discipline.

He said: “Celtic's policy of airing their grievances in public is becoming tiresome.

“It is ironic that they have chosen to criticise the Scottish FA's processes and structures yet again on the eve of our two-day seminar which will culminate in a new strategy, incorporating streamlined structures and more efficient procedures.

“The Scottish FA is acutely aware of the need to modernise.

“Perhaps Celtic should devote more time to their own responsibilities and discipline than questioning others.”

And Lennon could face further punishment from the SFA when its general purposes committee meets on Monday, with controversial comments made by the former Northern Ireland skipper following defeats by Rangers and Hearts believed to be on the agenda.

The committee will discuss Lennon's post-match comments following te clash with Hearts and also ones he made after the Old Firm derby defeat to Rangers on October 24.

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