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Celtic boss Lennon asks for media integrity over SFA ruling

Celtic's Neil Lennon last night decided not to directly comment on yesterday's ruling by the Scottish Football Association to scrap the two-match ban for Rangers assistant Ally McCoist. The 'Gers number 2 and Lennon were involved in a confrontation at the end of the Scottish Cup fifth round replay at Celtic Park back on March 2 for which the Hoops boss receieved a four-match touchline ban.

But yesterday, the SFA accepted McCoist's appeal and overturned the two-match sanction imposed on him - a decision which surely riled Lennon.

After the 1-0 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park last night, Lennon called for media integrity at his press conference but chose wisely not to further his comments regarding the unfair situation he finds himself in.

"You have to write about it," he said.

"I can't comment on a lot of things otherwise I will be back where I was last week (in the stand).

"You've got to see it for what it is.

"If you have any media integrity at all you will call it as it is.

"It is interesting that out of the fall-out of the 'shame game' as people called it, I am the one who got punished and three other people got let off.

"It is a pity I didn't get to see the minute of the meeting.

"I might ask, I haven't got round to that as I have been too busy.

"Would there have been any point me appealing? No. That's why I didn't appeal.

"I will be interested to see the papers tomorrow and the fall-out. I will keep my counsel for another time."

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Andrew Slevison
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