Celtic boss shocked by verdict for Tynecastle attacker

Neil Lennon admits he cannot believed the decision made by the jury to let the ‘Tynecastle attacker’ walk with just a slap on the wrist.
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Neil Lennon admits he cannot believed the decision made by the jury to let the ‘Tynecastle attacker’ walk with just a slap on the wrist.

The Celtic boss was assaulted by an irate fan, John Wilson, against Heart of Midlothian back in May with the offender admitting he lunged at Lennon and struck him on the head.

However, the jury at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court said that the charge could not be proven and Wilson was not found guilty of assault – a decision which has left Lennon absolutely baffled.

"To be honest I've still not got my head around it," Lennon told the Daily Record.

"I needed to take time out and get away from everything because obviously the jury's decision was a shock and confusing.

"I wouldn't criticise the prosecution for pursuing the religious element of the charges.

"They were just doing their job, it was left to the jury to decide and the jury found it not proven.

"That's the way the justice system is and I just have to accept it. The public reaction since the verdict has been heartening.

“Eminent people have given their opinions on it and it's nice to have that sort of backing, to know they are on your side.

"I've never had an apology from the guy, but I'm not going to go down that road.”

And Lennon made it clear that the incident never made him ponder why he was in the job in the first place.

"(The incident) didn't make me consider getting out, because I enjoy what I do. It's a tough job, but I love it,” he added.

"Celtic has been part of my life for 11 years and I want to continue for as long as possible.

"I'm hoping that's the end of it now. I just want to get back to talking about football matters and looking forward to the rest of the season."

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