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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

'If football merged with UFC it'd look like this'


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It was one of the fiercest Edinburgh derby's in recent memory with Hibernian manager Neil Lennon and Hearts goalkeeper involved in unfortunate incidents during the tense 0-0 draw.

The ugly scenes at Tyncastle Park had some UK media describing the match as a "war zone" and, "If football merged with UFC, it would look like this".

The Scottish Premiership clash was marred by numerous dramas on the pitch, including a scuffle following a red card to Florian Kambieri for a rough aerial challenge on Aussie Hearts player Oliver Bozanic. Fringe Socceroo Ben Garrucio stepped in to defend his teammate, sparking an all-in push-and-shove, and earning the Aussie a yellow card. 

Lennon was struck on the chin by a coin thrown from the crowd moments after he had taunted the Heart of Midlothian faithful for a disallowed Clevid Dikamona goal in stoppage time when captain Peter Haring was deemed offisde. Lennon immediately fell to the ground in the technical area and was treated by medical staff.

"My jaw is throbbing," he said after the match.

"I’m very, very angry. I’m fizzing about it.

"It’s blackening the name of both clubs and Scottish football. This should be a showpiece game, it was feisty and intimidating, everything you expect. But if people can’t behave, they should be banned, singled out, embarrassed and humiliated, because they have humiliated the club."

Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal was also reportedly "punched" by a fan as he retrieved the ball behind the net during the match.

"He said he got punched so I have to take that's what happened," Hearts manager Craig Levein told Sky Sports after fulltime.

"The two incidents...are unforgiveable. We hope the police manage to get whoever they are, whatever team they support, and deal with them because there's no place for that."

Coin-thrower 'must've had a few quid on him'

Lennon defended his playful celebration after the Hearts goal was disallowed, saying it was just "a bit of fun".

"They were giving me plenty, all the time and it's not humour, some of it is quite unsavoury," Lennon told BT Sport.

"Some people can take it, some can't, some people resort to throwing things. It was a pound coin so he must've had a few quid on him."

"It’s just badness," Lennon said.

"I believe Zlamal was hit as well and it’s just ridiculous. We do not defend that behaviour from our supporters and hopefully both individuals will be singled out.

"I would like to meet the guy who threw the coin at me some day because I am not happy about it at all.

"I have to think of my safety. I have my family to think about. And for what? A game of football?"

Lennon was also on the receiving end of abuse at Hearts' home ground when he was the manager at Celtic.

It was one of the fiercest Edinburgh derby's in recent memory with Hibernian manager Neil Lennon and Hearts goalkeeper involved in unfortunate incidents during the tense 0-0 draw.

The ugly scenes at Tyncastle Park had some UK media describing the match as a "war zone" and, "If football merged with UFC, it would look like this".

The Scottish Premiership clash was marred by numerous dramas on the pitch, including a scuffle following a red card to Florian Kambieri for a rough aerial challenge on Aussie Hearts player Oliver Bozanic. Fringe Socceroo Ben Garrucio stepped in to defend his teammate, sparking an all-in push-and-shove, and earning the Aussie a yellow card. 

Lennon was struck on the chin by a coin thrown from the crowd moments after he had taunted the Heart of Midlothian faithful for a disallowed Clevid Dikamona goal in stoppage time when captain Peter Haring was deemed offisde. Lennon immediately fell to the ground in the technical area and was treated by medical staff.

"My jaw is throbbing," he said after the match.

"I’m very, very angry. I’m fizzing about it.

"It’s blackening the name of both clubs and Scottish football. This should be a showpiece game, it was feisty and intimidating, everything you expect. But if people can’t behave, they should be banned, singled out, embarrassed and humiliated, because they have humiliated the club."

Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal was also reportedly "punched" by a fan as he retrieved the ball behind the net during the match.

"He said he got punched so I have to take that's what happened," Hearts manager Craig Levein told Sky Sports after fulltime.

"The two incidents...are unforgiveable. We hope the police manage to get whoever they are, whatever team they support, and deal with them because there's no place for that."

Coin-thrower 'must've had a few quid on him'

Lennon defended his playful celebration after the Hearts goal was disallowed, saying it was just "a bit of fun".

"They were giving me plenty, all the time and it's not humour, some of it is quite unsavoury," Lennon told BT Sport.

"Some people can take it, some can't, some people resort to throwing things. It was a pound coin so he must've had a few quid on him."

"It’s just badness," Lennon said.

"I believe Zlamal was hit as well and it’s just ridiculous. We do not defend that behaviour from our supporters and hopefully both individuals will be singled out.

"I would like to meet the guy who threw the coin at me some day because I am not happy about it at all.

"I have to think of my safety. I have my family to think about. And for what? A game of football?"

Lennon was also on the receiving end of abuse at Hearts' home ground when he was the manager at Celtic.

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