John Wilson has appeared in court today over the touchline attack on Celtic manager Neil Lennon during last night’s match at Tynecastle. The 26-year-old was charged with breach of the peace aggravated by religious prejudice and assault aggravated by religious prejudice.
Wilson appeared at a private hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court this afternoon. No plea or declaration was made during the hearing and he was remanded in custody.
Meanwhile Hearts have already taken action by imposing a lifetime ban on Wilson.
“While not wanting to prejudge the outcome of the court case, all true Hearts fans will have been disgusted by what they witnessed last night,” Hearts said on their website. “There is no justification for such actions, which have no place in the game of football, and we have taken the severest action open to set the strongest possible deterrent. As such, the supporter involved has been handed a life ban from Tynecastle Stadium.”
Despite Wilson’s actions, there is now an orchestrated campaign on the Internet by angry Celtic fans. Several Facebook pages have been created, with one called ‘John Wilson the Hearts fan should be hanged’ and on top of that his personal details, address and phone number has also been posted on numerous forums and via the social network site Twitter.
While I agree that Wilson should be held accountable for his actions, vigilantism is not the way to go and the posting of his details and such, is despicable. The Police recently arrested a number of people for such hate filled Facebook pages, and no doubt they will be targeting this latest site, with the perpetrator arrested sooner or later also. Let the courts deal with such cretins and scum.