Neil Lennon has reacted after a fan struck him with a coin in Hearts 0-0 Hibernian

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Hibernian manager Neil Lennon was struck by a coin moments after celebrating a Hearts goal that was disallowed in a fierce Edinburgh derby on Wednesday evening.

Lennon cheered in front of the Hearts fans after Clevid Dikamona’s header was ruled out for offside, with the match finishing 0-0.

The Hibs boss was then hit from the main stand and fell to the ground.

It was a nasty way to end what had been a ferocious encounter.

Hibs striker Florian Kamberi was sent off in the second half after picking up two yellow cards while Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal was punched by a travelling supporter early on.

“If football ever merged with UFC, this is what it would look like,” BBC Sport wrote in their match report.

Lennon was unharmed but he expressed his fury at full-time, insisting he wants to meet the supporter who threw the coin at him.

Lennon has reacted

"People say 'Neil Lennon brings it on himself, he deserves to get hit by a coin' or whatever. I am not having this," the former Celtic player said, per BBC Sport.

"I've had it here before, a guy coming on to the pitch trying to attack me. It is not on.

"The guy must have a few quid because it was a pound coin.

“I would like to meet the individual who threw the coin some day, because I am not happy about it at all.”

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Lennon went on to insist the coin throw and Zlamal being punched are incidents that are “blackening the name of both clubs and Scottish football.”

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton reacted to the unsavoury clash on Twitter.

Sutton wrote: “On the Neil Lennon incident tonight...How can Neil Lennon be to blame for somebody throwing a coin at him?? It’s a ridiculous notion….”

Both assistant referees, Frank Connor and David McGeachie, were also struck by objects.

Action against this type of behaviour has to be taken by the Scottish football authorities.

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