WATCH: Neil Lennon hit by a coin during Edinburgh derby 

WATCH: Neil Lennon hit by a coin during Edinburgh derby 

Betway offer bannerHibs manager Neil Lennon struck with a coin, fan punches goalkeeper in last night’s Edinburgh derby

It all went off in last night’s Edinburgh derby, as Hibernian manager Neil Lennon was struck by a coin thrown by a fan following a Hearts disallowed goal.

The former Celtic, Nottingham Forest and Bolton boss was the subject of plenty of goading from opposing fans in last night’s crunch fixture at Tynecastle, and saw a perfect opportunity to get one back on the rival supporters when Hearts had a goal disallowed right at the death.

Lennon gave Hearts fans the well known ‘sit down’ gesture whilst they were celebrating what they thought was their teams match winner in injury time, only to be greeted with a pound coin to the jaw thrown by an extremely disgruntled fan.

This wasn’t the only notable event of last night’s game however, as both assistant referees were also struck by objects thrown by the crowd, and Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal appeared to be punched by a fan.

“It’s unsavoury to say the least. It’s unacceptable,” said Lennon following the game.

“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,” he added.

Hearts boss Craig Levein, also had his say after the match:

“There’s no place for that,” he said. “Bobby got punched [by a fan] at one end and Neil has been hit by some idiot with a coin.

I got a fright when I saw Lenny on the ground. I hope they catch whoever it was that threw it. They need to be dealt with.”

Unfortunately, all of the action off the pitch was not reflected on it, as the game ended goalless, leaving both sides with just a point.

Hearts have now extended their lead at the top of the summit to four points, but have played one more game than second-placed Celtic, who recorded a resounding 5-0 victory over bottom side Dundee last night.

Hibernian on the other hand sit 5th, but could overtake Steven Gerrard’s Rangers should they avoid defeat to St Johnston this weekend and The Gers lose to St Mirren in their clash on Saturday.

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