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HIBS boss Neil Lennon will face no action from cops over his touchline antics against Rangers.

 

The Celtic hero sparked fury as rival fans dubbed his goal celebrations “inflammatory” and police launched a probe.

 

 

KEITH CAMPBELL - THE SUN GLASGOW

 

Several contacted police after Gers No2 Helder Baptista seemed to complain to an officer pitchside at Ibrox.

 

But cops revealed today that they found no criminality after investigating and holding talks over the incident with prosecutors.

 

It came after pals of under-fire Lennon branded the probe into his touchline “taunts” during the Ibrox powderkeg clash as “ludicrous”.

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IT is actually fine to shout a few naughty things at footballers.

 

Such behaviour, and we're talking about genuine banter, should not result with anyone being arrested because Scotland's heart disease problems would be considerably worse if men were not allowed to let off steam on a Saturday.

 

And if the player or manager react then those in the stand should be big enough to take it back. That is, or it ought to be, the contract ever supporter agrees to when they enter a stadium.

 

All of this brings us to Ibrox last Saturday when Neil Lennon “offended” the Ibrox main stand so much so that a large and influential supporters group, Club 1872, the second largest shareholder in the club, felt the need to rattle out a statement on Sunday which truly boggled the mind.

 

“Club 1872 would like to commend the restraint of the Rangers support following a clear attempt by Hibernian manager, Neil Lennon, to incite trouble at yesterday’s game at Ibrox.”

 

A clear attempt to incite trouble? That is one hell of an accusation, and possibly libellous, but it’s not as wild as congratulating people because they did not attack another human for being a bit naughty on the touchline.

 

My goodness, but what world do we live in if people are praised for behaving as they should?

 

The statement went on. And on. Here are some lowlights.

 

“Mr Lennon has previous for abusing and goading both Rangers staff and supporters. He seems completely unable to control himself at Ibrox.

 

“We can only speculate as to why. His actions in the dugout yesterday – where he made various inflammatory gestures to the supporters sitting directly behind the Hibernian dugout – were not becoming of any football manager, never mind one who likes to play the victim when things do not go his way.”

 

Lads, clam down. Oh, and if you write “we can only speculate” then please do speculate.

 

I was at Ibrox on Saturday, albeit a bit away from the Hibernian dugout, but could hear some but not all of the abuse aimed at Lennon - and don’t for a moment think it was the entire stand.

 

He got booed, which is absolutely fair enough, there was name-calling, which isn’t worth getting worked up about, but there were also sectarian references and at least one, and this has become a thing, mention of child abuse.

 

That’s offensive, at least it would be to most sensible people, but apparently the worst thing to happen was a gesture - and despite what Lennon claimed that’s what it was - of a ‘get it up ye’ variety.

 

And now there is talk of the police being involved. Sorry, but I’m sure the hardworking and overworked officers have far more important things to do.

 

I wonder if the supporter who threw what looked like a lighter at Lennon will be reported.

 

Personally, I don’t think Lennon should have reacted that way he did and, at the risk of an angry phone call from the man himself, he does wind up folk when there is no need.

 

But, and this is important, I and most people haven’t had to put with what this guy has over the years. And more death threats were reported yesterday. Shall see a statement about that?

 

The hypocrisy is incredible. Seemingly, it’s okay for supporters to shout all sorts of things at the man but he’s not allowed to react. Why no mention of what was said on Saturday?

 

Rangers fans don’t like Lennon and I get that. They are well within their right to have a go, within reason, and most do. That’s football.

 

But it’s hugely insulting to the majority, who know right from wrong. to congratulate them for just shouting abuse and nothing else.

 

Those who claim all Rangers supporters are bigots who lose their shape at the sight of red hair talk nonsense.

 

Most go simply to watch their team and would not think once never mind twice about doing anything more than giving someone such as Lennon a few verbals.

 

Since Lennon joined Celtic as player in December 2000, he has been the most high profile figure in our game.

 

Some of the stuff he’s been accused of has been laughable, other times he’s been in the wrong, while there were dark episodes which shamed our country.

 

And there will always be some who say that he brings it on himself. That he’d get much worse if people weren’t so restrained. What tosh,

 

Lennon is good for our game even if you can’t stand him. His press conferences are great because he never ducks a question. His opinions are always worth listening to.

 

And, yes, he does misbehave,. There are other ways to celebrate a goal other than what he got up to on Saturday. But it’s not provocation.

 

If you are the type, and this goes for a supporter of any club, who might do something bad if an opposition player of manager acts in a manner you don’t like, then maybe football isn’t for you.

 

Crayoned by Neil Cameron.

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/...wed_to_react_/

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HIBS boss Neil Lennon will face no action from cops over his touchline antics against Rangers.

 

The Celtic hero sparked fury as rival fans dubbed his goal celebrations “inflammatory” and police launched a probe.

 

 

KEITH CAMPBELL - THE SUN GLASGOW

 

Several contacted police after Gers No2 Helder Baptista seemed to complain to an officer pitchside at Ibrox.

 

But cops revealed today that they found no criminality after investigating and holding talks over the incident with prosecutors.

 

It came after pals of under-fire Lennon branded the probe into his touchline “taunts” during the Ibrox powderkeg clash as “ludicrous”.

 

Did we expect anything else.

 

SFA to investigate over Neil Lennon’s gesture to Rangers fans Hibs manager Neil Lennon gestures at the Rangers supporters after his side equalised at Ibrox. Picture: SNS. Hibs manager Neil Lennon gestures at the Rangers supporters after his side equalised at Ibrox.

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan will look into Neil Lennon’s behaviour at the end of Hibs’ 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. However, any investigation into the Easter Road manager’s conduct, when he gestured at the Rangers support behind the away dugout, will not be until later in the week as McGlennen will first deal with “fast-track” submissions, such as Rangers’ appeal against Ryan Jack’s red card in the same game. Referee John Beaton’s report has already been submitted to the SFA but it’s not known yet whether the match official
mentioned the matter of 
Lennon’s celebrations. Police are also probing “threatening comments” made against Lennon. Events took a sinister turn yesterday when Lennon was again the subject of threats of violence on social media. Twitter posts apparently show a user claiming he would “shoot” Lennon, and adding that he was “serious” about the threat. Police had earlier received complaints over Lennon’s conduct during Hibs’ victory
over Rangers on Saturday but the former Celtic manager has denied any wrongdoing. A Rangers fans’ group also released a statement condemning Lennon for conduct “not becoming of any football manager”. BBC Scotland yesterday posted film of Lennon celebrating the goal on their website with the warning that “some people may consider some scenes to be offensive”. Now scrutiny has fallen on threats made towards Lennon on social media. “Police Scotland is aware of offensive and threatening comments that have been posted on social media concerning a named individual and enquiries are on-going in connection with this,” a force spokesperson said. Police earlier confirmed they were making enquiries
following the complaints about Lennon after what was another controversial meeting between the sides. Rangers midfielder Jack was sent off following a clash with Anthony Stokes, who escaped further censure after an early booking for tangling with James Tavernier in the opening stages. Rangers have already submitted a “notice of intention to submit a claim for wrongful dismissal” in a bid to overturn the red card received by Jack. Their appeal, which must be lodged by 3pm today, will be looked at as part of the governing body’s fast-track disciplinary process. Lennon will need to wait longer to learn his fate – if indeed any action is taken at all. The Hibs manager insisted he had no concerns about his celebrations after Simon Murray’s 20th-minute equaliser. When it was suggested Rangers assistant manager Helder Baptista had spoken to police about him, Lennon said: “I didn’t make a gesture, I celebrated a goal. “If they are unhappy about it they can come and tell me. But I shouldn’t get into trouble for doing that.” Lennon has a two-game suspended ban hanging over him following a touchline clash with Morton boss Jim Duffy last season. The ban would be triggered if Lennon was found guilty of misconduct before the end of 2017. Former Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen was handed a suspended two-match ban for similar celebrations, although more prolonged and aggressive, in front of Dundee fans in April 2016. An SFA disciplinary tribunal ruled he had breached rules by “shouting and gesticulating at away supporters’’.

 

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/competitions/premiership/sfa-to-investigate-over-neil-lennon-s-gesture-to-rangers-fans-1-4532051

 

Has Mr McGlennan got in touch with Stokes yet?

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Honestly, the way they get away with this simply leads to the state where it boils over and people - dismayed at the inaction of Police, 4th official and Co. - will indeed take law into their own hands and blood may be spoiled. Which, of course, won't be e.g. Lennon's fault.

 

You do wonder what the chaps in the director's box think of this, i.e. our whole club's high-ups et al..

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Rangers midfielder Jack was sent off following a clash with Anthony Stokes, who escaped further censure after an early booking for tangling with James Tavernier in the opening stages.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/competitions/premiership/sfa-to-investigate-over-neil-lennon-s-gesture-to-rangers-fans-1-4532051

 

I suppose that's ONE way of putting it....most would term it assault!!!!

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Meanwhile a resident of Planet Mank has made contact with Earth in the form of the Record Hotline ---

 

" Liam Maley, Glasgow , said: "Lennon's lawyers must prosecute the SFA, Police Scotland and Rangers.

"All of them failed to provide a duty of care whilst Lennon was carrying out his job at Ibrox. There are laws to prosecute hate crimes.

"The SFA and the Police allowed Celtic's Scott Sinclair to be racially abused and did nothing while Rangers swept it under the carpet now it's the same for Lennon.

"Only in Scotland could the victim become the perpetrator." "

 

:laugh2:

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In all honesty Plod Scotland are completely useless when it comes to most matters at football grounds.

 

A Wee Ginger ned with yellow teeth trying to provoke nearly 50,000 spectators is fine but some wee guy outside singing the wrong song gets lifted.

 

Their priorities are all wrong. Plod Scotland are heavily controlled by their creators at Holyrood. That needs to end.

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