Absolute Carnage In A Dramatic Edinburgh Derby As Neil Lennon Taunts Hearts Fans Then Gets Struck By A Coin
Hearts’ lead at the summit of the Scottish Premier League was cut to four points following a goalless draw at home to the 10 men of Hibernian, in a spicy Edinburgh derby which saw Hibs boss Neil Lennon hit in the face by a coin, while goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal was struck by a fan.
The Lennon incident occurred in the final moments of the match after Hearts thought they had snatched a last-gasp winner courtesy of a Clevid Dikamona header, which the crowd jubilantly celebrated.
However, the goal was then ruled offside by the linesman, much to the delight of a smirking Lennon, who went full football fan as he taunted the home supporters behind him in the Main Stand.
But, it didn’t prove to be the wisest of moves as the manager was then shockingly struck by a coin as he fell to the floor clutching his face.
"It's unsavoury to say the least. It's unacceptable," Lennon said.
"People will say I was winding the crowd up; I wasn't. I was just giving a bit back for the abuse I was taking for 90 minutes."
Lennon went on to say (quotes via BBC Sport):
"People say 'Neil Lennon brings it on himself, he deserves to get hit by a coin' or whatever. I am not having this.
“I've had it here before, a guy coming on to the pitch trying to attack me. It is not on.
"The guy must have a few quid because it was a pound coin. I would like to meet the individual who threw the coin some day, because I am not happy about it at all.
"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 Matchplay [darts] next year. It came out of nowhere. I am furious about it, to be honest."
A last-minute disallowed goal, celebrated by Neil Lennon, caused carnage.