Lennon pulled out of Tuesdayâ€™s 4-0 thrashing by Real Madrid minutes before kick-off complaining of a mystery illness.
Angry Tottenham fans flooded message boards, phone-ins and forums yesterday accusing him of bottling it at the Bernabeu.
Lennon has since defended himself on Twitter, declaring: â€œBelieve me this is one game I did not want to miss and (I am) still devastated now.
â€œBut (I) will not be made a scapegoat, saying they only knew just before kick-off."
The Daily Star says Spurs sources insist there is no suggestion that Lennonâ€™s anger was aimed at his boss, and that he is entitled to defend himself.