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Neil Lennon cleared of racially abusing Rangers’ El Hadji Diouf

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Strathclyde Police have officially cleared Celtic manager Neil Lennon of allegedly racially abusing Rangers midfielder El Hadji Diouf during the Old Firm cup game at Parkhead recently.

The Celtic boss was accused of calling Diouf ‘a n*****’ after the Police were inundated with 200 complaints from Rangers fans, who claimed to witness scenes in the tunnel.

However after Diouf came out and publicly stated that Lennon had not racially abused him and branded the allegations as ‘nonsense’. Police brought in specialist lip readers to examine TV coverage, Strathclyde Police dropped the investigation as no evidence was found to back up the allegations.

Strathclyde Police said, “The matter was investigated and reported to the fiscal. The file was returned marked ‘no proceedings’ due to a lack of evidence.”

Paul McBride QC, who has acted as Lennon’s lawyer recently said, “This has been a waste of time and money. The alleged victim didn’t even make a complaint.”

Allegations were sent in to the Police, via an organised online campaign by several Rangers forums, who had published details on how to complain and in some respects published a generic letter to send in also.

It is another example of an organised and pre-meditated campaign of hate aimed at Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who has been on the receiving end of abuse and threats for 11 years. The hate campaign culminated in Lennon being on the receiving end of Parcel Bombs, bullets and being attacked by a Hearts fan in a recent league game between Celtic and Hearts.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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