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Lennon challenges Hearts coin throwing thug to face to face meeting

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Neil Lennon has challenged the Hearts thug that hit him with a coin to a face-to-face meeting.

The Hibs boss was struck by a coin thrown from the Main Stand at Tynecastle during a fiery but goal-less Edinburgh derby.

As usual Lennon was subjected to the anti-Irish abuse that is overlooked by the Scottish football authorities although they are always quick to wrap themselves in anti-racism projects such as Show Racism the Red Card.

Reacting to last nights incident Lennon told the Daily Record: “It’s no laughing matter, I hope someone deals with it and I hope to meet the guy face to face.

“It’s not on, it’s disgraceful. Players are out there to get results and entertain people. I don’t understand the mentality of a supporter who wants to throw things at people. I saw plenty of it at the weekend as well and it’s very unsavoury.

“It needs to be stopped. So if the Hibs fans has thrown anything at the keeper then he should be punished and banned.

“We do not condone that behaviour at all. It’s absolutely disgraceful.”

In 2011 Lennon was assaulted in the away dug out at Tynecastle while managing Celtic to a crucial win over Hearts, that incident happened shortly after he was sent a nail bomb in the post. Hearts went unpunished by the SFA and SPL.

Last month a Sevco fan threw a coin which cut the head of an assistant referee during a defeat at Livingston, no action has been taken by the SFA or SPFL.

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