Friday, May 6, 2011

Neil Lennon Fakes Headbutt from Inverness player

Martin O’Neill had not seen any pictures of the incident but stated later that Lennon had claimed he had been headbutted by Juanjo. “It marred the game,” the Celtic manager said.

Lennon’s run-in with Juanjo, which led to the Spaniard’s early expulsion for an alleged headbutt and left Inverness Caledonian Thistle to play for 73 minutes with just ten men, incurred the ire of one half of Pittodrie. The baying Highland fans jeered Lennon’s every touch thereafter

By Phil Gordon

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill had told BBC Scotland that Lennon claimed he was headbutted by Inverness winger Juanjo before the Spaniard was sent-off.

"I genuinely didn't see it, but it looks like it was the fourth official who saw the incident," said O'Neill.

"I can only go by what Neil has said and he told me that the guy came in late and then he was headbutted.

"I haven't seen the pictures yet. But, if people are guilty, they have to face the consequences."
Inverness are to appeal against Juanjo's red card.

Juanjo wins red card appeal

Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger Juanjo has won his appeal against the red card he received against Celtic last weekend.

Juanjo had been accused of a head butt against Celtic's Neil Lennon, who was previously cleared of any wrongdoing.

But the Scottish FA video review panel decided that the Spaniard was wrongly dismissed by referee Dougie McDonald.

Juanjo is now free of suspension and will be available to face Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday.

He had been shown the red card after fourth official Alan Freeland drew the incident to McDonald's attention.

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson had been bemused as to why Juanjo was sent off while Lennon escaped punishment after the pair clashed.

"The fourth official has seen something, but the referee has only sent our guy off," he said.

"Neil Lennon raised his hand and Juanjo's done something back.

"The fourth official says he saw a movement of Juanjo's head towards Lennon, but that is clearly not what happened in this incident."

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