Celtic issue UEFA with referee dossier

Celtic have prepared a dossier compiling all the supposed errors made by Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco, during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Juventus.

The Scottish club have prepared a DVD pin-pointing all the fouls made by Juventus players that they feel should have been called up by the Spaniard and have sent it to governing body UEFA.

Mallenco, does hold a reputation as a strict referee and he did book Stephan Lichtsteiner and Gary Hooper for wrestling with each other at a corner kick.

However, Celtic feel the Juventus defender continued to foul Hooper following the incident and Mallenco failed to pick up on that.

Boss Neil Lennon has spoken about the incident and touched on a game between the two twelve years ago that had similar circumstances.

“We have DVD footage and we would like someone to give us some answers,”  Lennon said.

“I am compiling it myself, along with the video analysis guys, and writing a letter asking for a ruling. There is always a concern with the referee. But I didn’t think he would be as poor as Mallenco was on Tuesday night.

“I’m not taking anything away from Juventus, as they deserved to win game. But you need to play to the letter of the law.

“We knew what Lichtsteiner would do. We had seen coverage of him beforehand. He is insecure about his defending and we told the guys to flag it up, which they did. They did everything right.

“The only one who didn’t do anything right was the referee. I tried to speak to him at half-time but he was having none of it and waved me away. I spoke to the fourth official on three or four occasions and got no answers. Why the ref didn’t do his job is beyond me.

“We played Juventus 12 years ago and the same incidents happened,” he said. “We were awarded a penalty which Henrik Larsson scored. What is the difference from 2001 to 2013?

“I watched the Real Madrid v Man United game [on Wednesday] and there was nothing like that going on. What Juventus did was way beyond the limit of the law in football. This was arms up around players preventing them from forward momentum. You may as well turn the game into a wrestling match.

Lennon also said that it would be a different story if he instructed one his players to do the same, pointing on Victor Wanyama who he may tell to act more brute for the second leg.

“I may introduce that to our defending and see what sort of reaction it gets. Why not? I’ll say to [Victor] Wanyama, ‘just go and put your arms around him and hold him, pull him, drag him, throw him into the goal’.

“You cannot do it. People [are] saying, ‘Well, the Italians have done it for years’. It doesn’t make it right. Teams from other countries don’t do it. Our view in Britain, and I would say the main part of Europe, is it shouldn’t go on.”

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