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Neil Lennon Hints At Dirty Tricks From Greek Side Ahead Of Europa League Game

Neil Lennon Hints At Dirty Tricks From Greek Side Ahead Of Europa League Game
By PJ Browne

Hibs are in Greece this week for the second leg of the Europa League second qualifying round tie against Asteras Tripolis.

The Scottish side erased a 2-0 half-time deficit last Thursday and roared back to a 3-2 win with a last minute goal from Florian Kamberi.

Preparations for the second leg have not been without stumbling blocks. Speaking to the Scotsman ahead of the game, manager Neil Lennon hinted at some dirty tricks from the Greek side.

Hibs had to find another hotel after their initial booking was cancelled. Their flight to Greece was also delayed by six hours and there was a power cut at the hotel.

"We had booked a hotel and it was cancelled over the weekend, so we had to change hotel very quickly," said Lennon.

Some of my staff are in a different hotel but the players and main core are in the same one. You can make your own assumptions from that.

The hotel situation meant it was more work for the travel operator and then the flight was cancelled as well, which again is a bit sort of dubious but we’ve had a good couple of days.

I’m not going to use it as an excuse, but it’s not been ideal.

Lennon was also less than happy with the pitch at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium, describing the ground as being spongy and the grass too long for his liking.

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