Former top referee Dallas labels Celtic boss Lennon a ‘bully’

Scotland’s former top referee Hugh Dallas has slammed Celtic manager Neil Lennon for bullying current day match officials.

Scotland’s former top referee Hugh Dallas has slammed Celtic manager Neil Lennon for bullying current day match officials.

The Hoops boss again exploded at a referee when he confronted Euan Norris after his side were beaten 2-1 by Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Cup semi-final courtesy of a late penalty.

Lennon is sure to again land in hot water for his actions with Dallas condemning the man who has already had a number of fines and touchline suspensions in the past 12 months.

“I can’t remember in 25 years of refereeing seeing a manager run that far onto a pitch to bully a referee,” said Dallas.

“These pictures are going around the world and it is not good.”

And Dallas added that perhaps Lennon should have a look at how the managers react to poor decisions in England after Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp calmly spoke to the referee when his side conceded a ‘ghost’ goal in their FA Cup loss to Chelsea at Wembley on the same day.

“It was a huge occasion and a goal was given where the ball didn’t cross the line,” Dallas added.

“After the game, Harry Redknapp said he had a chat with the referee, who admitted he made an honest mistake. Redknapp said he was disappointed but was keen to move on.
“That’s how we should do it in Scotland.”

 
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