The SFA are entitled to ask Neil Lennon to explain his conduct at Ibrox on Sunday but I doubt he has a case to answer. Neil accepted a warning during the first half from fourth official, Iain Brines, for contesting the decision to send off Cha Du-Ri, Brines did not regard this protest as sufficient to call the over referee. Neil then spoke to referee Calum Murray at the end of the first half without incident or caution.
Murray clearly did not regard Lennon’s comments as worthy of dismissal from the technical area at that time and was did not call Neil to the referees’ room during the interval. It was left to fourth official Iain Brines to deliver the news to the Celtic manager that he was ordered from the technical area.
Murray and Brines appear to have let the occasion get the better of them. A referee must be clear in his mind before ordering a manager from the technical area and must take the correct steps necessary in doing so. He cannot mutter a statement of intent to caution a manager without actually doing so.
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