Neil Lennon struck on face by object thrown from stand after fiery derby between Hearts and Hibs
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Neil Lennon struck on face by object thrown from stand after fiery derby between Hearts and Hibs

HIBERNIAN manager Neil Lennon appeared to be struck in the face by an object thrown from the stands towards the end of tonight’s derby match at Hearts.

Lennon told BBC Scotland a coin struck him on the jaw, quipping the assailant ‘must have a few quid because it was a pound coin’.

However he also told the broadcaster it was wrong to suggest he had brought it on himself, saying he was only ‘giving a bit back for the abuse I was taking for 90 minutes’.

It has also been reported that both referee’s assistants were struck by objects thrown from the crowd during the game.

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The incident involving Lennon came after Hearts had a late goal ruled out for offside.

The Co. Armagh native could be seen celebrating the decision in front of the home support, before making a ‘sit-down’ motion.

Lennon then clutched his face before lying on the Tynecastle turf following the injury-time incident.

He eventually got back to his feet before returning to the dugout for the final moments.

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Lennon was previously targeted at Tynecastle when in charge of Celtic.

In 2011, a fan made his way onto the pitch before lunging at the visiting boss.

Some social media users said Lennon brought the latest attack on himself with his celebrations, while others defended the Hibs boss.

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Wednesday’s 0-0 draw between the Edinburgh rivals was a tempestuous affair.

Smoke bombs were set off following the stalemate, during which visiting forward Florian Kamberi was sent off for two bookable offences.

A fan made his way onto the pitch from the away section while Hearts boss Craig Levein claimed afterwards that keeper Zdenek Zlamal was punched by a fan.

The result allowed Lennon’s former club Celtic to close the gap on leaders Hearts to four points, with the Glasgow side having a game in hand.

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