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The guy must have a few quid: Neil Lennon wants to meet person who threw coin at Hibernian manager from Hearts stand

 

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Flashpoint: concern for Hibs boss Neil Lennon from a coach and match official after he was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at Tynecastle last night

Flashpoint: concern for Hibs boss Neil Lennon from a coach and match official after he was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at Tynecastle last night

Flashpoint: concern for Hibs boss Neil Lennon from a coach and match official after he was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at Tynecastle last night

Fuming Neil Lennon expressed his anger and disgust last night after he was struck on the face by a coin thrown from the crowd during a ferocious Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

The former Northern Ireland international fell to the ground after being hit as he reacted to Clevid Dikamona's 91st-minute header which would have been a winner but the Scottish Premiership clash finished scoreless.

The Hibernian boss was also shocked at an incident which saw Hearts keeper Bobby Zlamal apparently punched by a supporter.

Lennon said: "It's all disgraceful. The players are doing their job and trying to entertain people, I don't understand the mentality of any supporter who wants to throw things at people. I have seen plenty of it at the weekend as well and it's very unsavoury and needs to be stopped. If a Hibs fan has thrown anything at the goalkeeper, then he should be punished and banned."

 

Lennon added: "We don't condone any of that behaviour at all, it's disgraceful.

"Hopefully there will be punishment for both supporters if the authorities can pick them out and, like I said, I would like to meet that person in person."

The former Celtic boss also predicted that many critics will blame him for the unsavoury incidents.

"People will say I was winding the crowd up," he added. "I wasn't. I was just giving a bit back for the abuse I was taking for 90 minutes.

"But people say Neil Lennon brings it on himself, he deserves to get hit by a coin or whatever.

"The guy must have a few quid because it was a pound coin!

"I am looking forward to him getting singled out, and if it is a lady, meeting them face to face and seeing what they have to say for themselves.

"I am not having this. I have had it here before, a guy coming on to the pitch trying to attack me.

"It is just not on. It stung me; it is quite sore. I don't know where he has thrown it from, but it is a good shot. He might get in the World Match-Play (darts) next year.

"It came out of nowhere. I am furious about it to be honest."

On the incident with the Hearts stopper, he added: "If any Hibs fans have been misbehaving, I want them punished as well. It is unacceptable.

"I hope they are singled out, banned and arrested.

"We don't condone that. It isn't the face of our club or the way we conduct ourselves.

"A player getting punched trying to do his job is just an absolute disgrace.

"He is not a Hibs fan."

Hearts' lead in the Scottish Premiership was cut to four points after the draw.

Belfast Telegraph