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SFA defends its president's role

Neil Lennon in Celtic's stand
Lennon started his four-match suspension on Saturday

By Alasdair Lamont

The Scottish Football Association has stressed that its president is allowed to attend committee meetings in an ex-officio capacity.

Celtic based part of their appeal against a four-match suspension for manager Neil Lennon's "excessive conduct" on George Peat's involvement.

The ban was set aside on appeal and replaced by a two-match ban.

In addition, Lennon will serve a two-match ban for being sent to the stand in a game at Tynecastle in November.

The reasons for the setting aside of the original ban are yet to be made known by the appeals board chairman, Lord Carloway. 

SFA president George Peat
Peat's role has been questioned by Celtic's representatives

But the SFA issued a statement in response to an article in Saturday's Herald newspaper over Peat's role.

"We are disappointed to have read alleged details of a report that has yet to be published by Lord Carloway in the media," said a spokesman.

"As a point of clarification, it should be reiterated that the Scottish FA's articles of association permit the president or chief executive to attend committee meetings in an ex-officio capacity.

"The article contains factual inaccuracies, but we have no further comment to make until the report is published."

While Peat was permitted to be at the meeting in question, he was not allowed to participate.

Celtic's case in Wednesday's appeal was based on that not being adhered to and the SFA's failure to hand over details of previous cases of excessive misconduct.

If Lord Carloway's report ultimately shows Peat to have been responsible for Lennon's ban being set aside, it would cause the president a degree of embarrassment.

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