Hibs to appeal Lennon ban for '˜acts of violence against ref'

Hibs are appealing a five-match suspension handed out to head coach Neil Lennon by UEFA after he was sent to the stand during the Europa League second qualifying round first-leg defeat by Brondby last month.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 4:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:47 pm
Neil Lennon argues with referee Juan Martinez Munuera

Lennon, leading the Easter Road club for the first time in a competitive match, was dismissed by Spanish whistler Juan Martinez Munuera for remonstrating with assistant referee Miguel Martinez after he ruled out a Jason Cummings equaliser for offside during the 1-0 loss.

The Hibs boss was banned from the dugout and dressing-room for the return tie in Denmark – which ended in a penalty shoot-out loss for the Hibees – and has now fallen foul to Article 11(2) for ‘acts of violence against the referee’.

The suspension will apply to European games and not domestic fixtures.

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Hibs confirmed they will appeal, a club statement reading: “Hibernian are aware of the sanction imposed by UEFA on head coach Neil Lennon and are in the process of appealing the suspension.”