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George Peat Celtic newsThe SFA have responded angrily to a newspaper report that Celtic are demanding the resignation of George Peat.

The increasingly tiresome SFA President has been highly critical of Celtic and a report in The Herald today made a number of claims against the former Airdrie director.

According to The Herald Celtic are ready to push for Peat’s dismissal after a number of irregularities came to light at the appeal against Neil Lennon’s six match ban.

The paper made four allegations against Peat and the process that resulted in Lennon getting handed a six match ban.

a) That, despite assurances he was only there as an observer when Lennon was originally tried, Peat actually went into the room along with the four members of the disciplinary committee when they retired to deliberate on what the punishment should be.”

b) The QC acting on Lennon’s behalf, Paul McBride, dismantled the SFA’s case – and asked why Peat was even involved as it was a matter for the disciplinary committee.

c) McBride also probed the reasons why the SFA would not provide him with all the fine detail, statements and evidence of previous ‘excessive misconduct’ cases brought against managers on a first charge – something he felt was crucial as it would clearly outline precedence.

He was left to find these himself in the media, but was denied the detail of what had been said by the individuals to match officials in order for punishments to be set.

d) These flaws, and Peat’s involvement on the day, led to Lord Carloway setting aside, in its entirety, the full hearing of January 11. Effectively, while Lennon always had a case to answer, key procedural matters had not been followed and, therefore, the case against him was absolutely flawed.

Defending one of the allegations against Peat a nameless statement from the SFA said: “We are disappointed to have read alleged details of a report that has yet to be published by Lord Carloway in the media today. 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.”

Celtic are awaiting the full findings of the appeal before issuing any further comment on the matter.

Lennon served the first match of his four game ban today watching Celtic beat Hamilton 2-0 to go 8 points clear at the top of the SPL.

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