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- Updated: April 19, 2012
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been given a two-match touchline ban following his recent criticism of referee Willie Collum .
Lennon was unhappy his side were not awarded a penalty by Collum near the end of Celtic’s 1-0 Scottish League Cup final defeat to Kilmarnock.
A Scottish FA hearing also considered Lennon’s conduct during Celtic’s 3-2 defeat to Rangers on 25 March.
However, no decision has been announced relating to this second charge.
Lennon described Collum’s decision not to award a late penalty as “criminal”.
The following week Lennon was sent off by Calum Murray at the interval in the league defeat by Rangers at Ibrox.
The Northern Irishman was then written to by SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny demanding an explanation for his comments about referees before a league game against St Johnstone.
And fresh charges are likely to be brought against the championship-winning manager following the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts on Sunday.
After the final whistle, Lennon ran on to the pitch to confront referee Euan Norris, angered by a last-minute penalty that was converted by Craig Beattie to settle the tie 2-1.
Celtic first-team coach Alan Thompson later confirmed Lennon had been to the referee’s room at Hampden.
Lennon later commented on the match via his Twitter account , ridiculing the penalty award and saying he believed some decisions awarded against his team were “personal”.