An infuriated Neil Lennon spoke to the press after a goalless draw in the Edinburgh derby on Wednesday.
His Hibernian side briefly looked to have lost in injury time to a Hearts header, but it was quickly ruled offside. In his excitement, the Hibs boss turned around and wound up the home support.
This resulted in him being struck in the face and floored with a coin thrown by a disgruntled Hearts supporter.
Jambos chucked a pound coin at Neil Lennon and he hit the deck aha pic.twitter.com/3AEBNIFRiG
— Lockhart 🍋 (@lockhartedgar1) October 31, 2018
Though some believe he had it coming, the Celtic legend was having none of it.
“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.
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.”
He reserved particular ire for the fan in question, in essence asking for a ‘fair go’, but not before commending his throwing skills.
“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.”
There was also an incident involving Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal, who appeared to have been struck in the face by an away fan, something which Lennon also condemned.
Two of them had a go pic.twitter.com/YtELCcjucw
— Hoe Jaggart (@JoeHaggart) October 31, 2018
“We don’t condone that”, Lennon stated. “It isn’t the face of our club or way we conduct ourselves.
A player getting punched trying to do his job is just an absolute disgrace. He is not a Hibs fan. It’s blackening the name of both clubs and Scottish football.”