Hearts fan jailed for Neil Lennon abuse


The Hearts fan who was cleared of assaulting Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been jailed for eight months for breach of the peace.

26 year old John Wilson was accused of a sectarian attack on the football boss on 11th May as Celtic played Hearts at Tynecastle.

A jury in the capital’s sheriff court found that the charge against Wilson was not proven, despite the defendant telling the court that he had attacked Lennon.

However, Wilson was convicted of breach of the peace, after being cleared of making sectarian remarks during the incident after the jury deleted said allegation from the breach of the peace charge.

He was also given a five year football banning order.

Sheriff Fiona Reith, said: “The crime of which you have been convicted by the jury was a serious one. A breach of the peace can sometimes be a quite minor crime but sometimes it is not. In this case it was not minor at all, it was serious, and with serious potential consequences in the context of what was already a highly volatile atmosphere in the crowd of over 16,000 football supporters.”

Hearts and Celtic fans what are your thoughts on the verdict and the sentence?


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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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