Football - Lennon can joke over penalty award

Boss Neil Lennon was able to joke about the controversial penalty awarded against Celtic and saved by Fraser Forster following the 6-2 thrashing of Dundee United in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter at Parkhead.

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The champions responded well to losing an 11th minute goal to Tannadice midfielder Stuart Armstrong with efforts from Efe Ambrose, Kris Commons and Joe Ledley.

However, at 2-1, the visitors were handed the chance to draw level when referee Bobby Madden surprisingly pointed to the spot after Celtic defender Adam Matthews tackled Gary Mackay-Steven but Forster saved from United skipper Jon Daly.

Commons grabbed his second from the spot 10 minutes into the second half before Anthony Stokes notched a double to complete the rout, with Johnny Russell scoring late on for the Taysiders.

There were suggestions later that Madden had awarded the penalty for tugging, which was not lost on Lennon. He revealed on Friday that Celtic would be seeking "clarification" over Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco's performance during the 3-0 Champions League home defeat by Juventus on Tuesday night, when he allowed some blatant manhandling of the Hoops players to go unpunished.

The Celtic boss laughed when he said: "I wish Bobby had been refereeing on Tuesday night.

"It was never a penalty. It is a great recovering tackle. I've seen it again. I think he (Bobby) said he tugged his shorts or shirt but he didn't, he recovered brilliantly and won the ball cleanly, there was no contact.

"We scored six goals and it could have been a lot more.

"I think the players, off the back of Tuesday, wanted to put in a strong performance. That's not easy, they would have been hurting, but they picked themselves up very well and some of their football was fantastic.

"We went out and played like a Champions League team."

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