Celtic to query performance of Spanish referee in Juventus game

Sat, Feb 16, 2013, 00:00

Celtic will seek “clarification” from Uefa over referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco’s performance in the 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus at Parkhead on Tuesday night, manager Neil Lennon has revealed.

The Spanish official came in for widespread criticism of the way he allowed the Serie A side to manhandle Celtic players at times in the penalty area during the last 16 first leg tie.

Lennon was seething after the game and ahead of today’s Premier League game against Dundee United at Parkhead he confirmed that the Scottish champions would be looking for an explanation from European football’s governing body.

He said: “The referee didn’t do his job and there has been a lot of talk since Tuesday night regarding it, so we are looking for clarification on the referee’s decisions during the game.

“We are going to compile a DVD and send it to them (Uefa) and wait and see what answers we do get. It’s a myth that Juventus ‘did their homework’. That’s rubbish. Juventus defend like that week-in, week-out in Serie A.

“If anything we had done our homework and we made sure the referee was aware of it and he was looking at it time and again and Juventus went unpunished.

“We needed a strong referee and we didn’t have that.

“It was blatant. I have seen photographs where the shirt was almost pulled off Gary Hooper’s back and he ends up in the goal at one stage.”

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