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article imageCeltic manager Neil Lennon attacked pitchside by rogue fan

By Kev Hedges     May 12, 2011 in Sports
Edinburgh - Scottish football was once more dragged through more controversy last night when a fan invaded the pitch and threw a punch at Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, as he stood on the touchline cheering his side's second goal against Hearts at Tynecastle.
John Clark Wilson, 26, ran from the Hearts' home fans enclosure and swung a punch at the beleaguered manager, but slipped as he went to land his punch. As a result Mr Lennon was uninjured by the attempted attack but was stunned. Wilson was immediately arrested by police and stewards who had pinned him to the ground. He remains in custody today and has been charged with breach of the peace and assault, both aggravated by religious prejudice, reports BBC Sport.
The Northern Ireland-born Celtic manager, is under 24-hour police protection after the Royal Mail intercepted packages containing bullets addressed to Lennon, his club Celtic and Northern Ireland squad players Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt. Two months later, another suspect package was sent to him but was intercepted at Saltcoats mail depot. A few days later in March, three parcel bombs were sent to Lennon and two high-profile Celtic fans, Trish Godman, a former deputy presiding officer of the Scottish parliament and Labour MSP and passionate Celtic fan and Paul McBride QC, who has regularly condemned the Scottish Football Association for the way it has disciplined Lennon over a number of alleged incidents, reports the Guardian.
The match itself finished with a fine 3-0 win for Celtic which closes the gap to just one point over bitter rivals Rangers.
In a separate development on Thursday, police said they have arrested two men alleged to have been involved in parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
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