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Hibernian boss Neil Lennon charged after hitting out at 'Mickey Mouse' refereeing

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has been charged with misconduct and criticising officials after his side's 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The former Northern Ireland international branded the standard of refereeing in Scotland "Mickey Mouse" after being sent to the stand at Rugby Park.

He has been charged under Discipinary Rules 203 and 72 and will attend a principal hearing on Thursday, March 15.

Lennon was ordered off by Kevin Clancy after the home side were awarded a penalty for handball against Ryan Porteous, and he reacted by sarcastically clapping in the referee's face before being escorted away by a colleague.

Kris Boyd netted on the rebound after his penalty was saved to earn Killie a Ladbrokes Premiership point after Hibs had gone two ahead inside nine minutes through Florian Kamberi and Porteous.

Lennon joked that managers should be allowed to send referees off for poor performances, and admitted he had lost faith in the officials in Scotland.

Lennon said: "It's amateur, it's Mickey Mouse stuff. It needs to get better, it's not good enough.

"Every week or every other week we're talking about major decisions that are blatantly obvious and they're being called wrong. Every week I see a manager complaining about poor refereeing decisions.

"I think the standard (of refereeing) is declining as the game in Scotland is improving."

Lennon alluded to the fact he had previously criticised Clancy for failing to award his side a penalty against Rangers at Easter Road in December.

He said: "We've had to overcome another appalling refereeing performance. It's cost us two points today, that decision.

"This is the same referee who didn't give us a clear handball against Rangers at Easter Road.

"I don't want him refereeing us again but I probably won't get my way with that."

Lennon added: "I didn't think I did anywhere near enough to warrant a sending-off on the basis of my dismay at the penalty being awarded and I think having looked at it again I'm right."

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