Verbal abuse, punches and coins – Neil Lennon’s bust-ups at Tynecastle

Neil Lennon was at the centre of more touchline controversy on Wednesday night after he was struck in the face by a coin thrown from the crowd during the Edinburgh derby.

The Hibernian manager was goading the home support at Tynecastle after a late goal was disallowed, but was on the floor clutching his face moments later after the coin-throwing incident.

It is not the first time the former Celtic boss has had a bust-up with the opposition support and here, Football Paradise takes a look at three previous cases.

Hearts v Celtic, Tynecastle 2011

While Celtic boss, Lennon was targeted by a Hearts fan who was later jailed
While Celtic boss, Lennon was targeted by a Hearts fan who was later jailed (Lynne Cameron/PA)

Title-chasing Celtic turned up to Tynecastle on the penultimate day of the Premiership season hoping to put the pressure on Rangers in the race for the title. Although it was a comfortable 3-0 win for the visitors, it was a moment after the second goal that dominated the headlines. After Gary Hooper’s strike, a Hearts fan emerged from the stands and aimed a punch at the Northern Irishman before he was hauled away by security. Although cleared of assault, the supporter was given an eight-month jail sentence for a breach of peace.

Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Tynecastle 2014

Lennon has been targeted in the stands as well as on the touchline
Lennon has been targeted in the stands as well as on the touchline (Lynne Cameron/PA)

Again at Tynecastle, Lennon was the subject of more abuse but this time he was not stood on the touchline for the League Cup semi-final. The Celtic manager was in Edinburgh on a scouting mission and sat in the directors’ box with a mixture of his own and Aberdeen staff, but was subjected to verbal abuse and had objects, such as coins and cups of liquid, thrown at him throughout. The abuse was such that despite moving seats, he left after an hour and led to him describing the incident as “unsavoury and uncalled for”.

Hearts v Hibs, Tynecastle 2018

Lennon’s issues at the home of Hearts continued on Wednesday night in a highly-charged Edinburgh derby. Now the Hibs boss, Lennon had been frustrated all night after seeing one of his players sent off in an increasingly fraught encounter, and it came to a boil when the hosts thought they had scored in added time. Lennon responded by celebrating in front of the main stand at Tynecastle and appeared to tell the supporters to ‘sit down’ after the goal had been disallowed, before being struck on the jaw by a coin thrown from the crowd. The incident left Lennon on the floor, but he responded after the game by offering to meet the offending fan in person.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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