first_img“The vast majority of the 19,500 people behaved themselves very well in a wonderful atmosphere, a great game of football in terms of a derby game.“A derby match is a derby match and the atmosphere on the night from both sets of supporters was actually tremendous.“But the two events were absolutely disgraceful.“Myself and [Hearts owner] Ann Budge will be meeting today and we will take the necessary steps to deal with these idiots, if we can identify them and deal with them properly, and that will mean they will not be visiting football grounds in Scotland.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster IN FULL above! Neil Lennon collapsed to the floor holding his face after being hit by a coin at Tynecastle Park It is fair to say it all kicked off in the Edinburgh derby last night… A last-minute disallowed goal, celebrated by Neil Lennon, caused carnage. More:— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 1, 2018talkSPORT hosts Alan Brazil and Tony Cascarino said on Thursday morning that Lennon should take some responsibility for the coin attack, saying he was deliberately ‘winding fans up’ with his celebrations.But Dempster vigorously denied those claims.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White later on Thursday, the Easter Road chief said: “Irrespective of what a manager does on the side of the pitch, he does not deserve to be hit by an object.“If others or the league deem any manager’s antics to go beyond the realms of what is acceptable then that will be dealt with properly.“But remember, we are in the entertainment business here. I’m sorry, I do not support anyone who says a manager having an interaction with supporters in that manner deserves to be hit by an object.” Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster joined talkSPORT to launch a strong defence of manager Neil Lennon and his behaviour in Wednesday’s Edinburgh derby at Hearts.The Hibs boss was struck in the face by a coin apparently thrown by a Hearts supporter after he celebrated in front of the home fans when they were disallowed a late goal in the 0-0 draw.But Dempster has insisted the coach was NOT goading the rivals supporters and has vowed to track down and ban the ‘moronic’ people responsible.The coin incident was one of a number of unsavoury scenes at Tynecastle, as the visitors ended the game with ten men and a Hibs fan also appeared to aim a punch at Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal.Police also made one arrest in connection with an alleged assault on one of the assistant referees. Jim White said: “I agree with that, Leeann, but entertainment is not about goading opposition supporters…Dempster replied: “Well I am going to disagree with you because I don’t think that’s what he was doing. “I think you just have to look at the circumstances. Neil said last night we know what the interaction is like when he goes there. And he’s human like everyone else.”Former Hibernian player and manager John Collins also joined talkSPORT on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast, and said the fans guilty of both offences towards Lennon and Zlamal should receive life bans.And Dempster insisted that Hibs and Hearts will now work together to track down the culprits, who, if identified, will be banned from visiting football stadiums nationwide for any future games.“You cannot legislate for a few moronic supporters who do not deserve to come to games,” she added.center_img 2 The coin (circled) appeared to bounce off the right side of Lennon’s face – the manager said it hit his jaw 2last_img

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