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Neil Lennon blasts the referee for not awarding Celtic penalties

The Celtic boss said his side were sloppy in defence but were on the wrong end of poor refereeing.

Neil Lennon
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Neil Lennon could not believe that his team was denied at least two penalties for fouls in the box during corner kicks against Juventus.

The Celtic boss questioned referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco on his decisions not to penalise the Juve defenders for their wrestling of Celtic attackers.

Lennon said: "They were fouling us at every opportunity. Our players were asking the referee to pay attention but he ignored our requests.

"Our players were being held back and the referee was looking straight at it.

"Are the rules different in Spain and Italy? They must be.

"In 2001 when we played Juventus at home there was holding in the box by Montero on Chris Sutton. The referee warned him and when he persisted he gave a penalty and we won 4-3

"What's the difference?

"I made my point to the referee at half time in the tunnel but he waved me away. It's not rugby, it's soccer.

"I'm not convinced the officials behind the goal helped the ref either. Why are they there?"

Lennon had surprised many with his selection of Efe Ambrose in the starting line-up with the defender only recently back in Glasgow after international duty. The Nigerian was involved in the first and third goals but his manager was not too critical.

"Efe was poor for the first goal but we had good chances to equalise," said Lennon.

"Then we switched off defensively for the second goal and the third goal was poor."

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