The Daily Mail published an article this morning which stated that ‘Leigh Griffiths had head butted manager Pat Fenlon and then punched assistant Billy Brown in a training ground bust-up’.
It further added that the ’21-year-old striker was disgusted at being singled out for criticism over recent displays and simply blew a fuse’.
They claimed that: “Several Hibs players had to be pulled apart earlier in the day before being addressed by Fenlon. When Fenlon’s attention turned to Griffiths, the player snapped and butted the Irishman, knocking his glasses off. after the ugly altercation, the Scotland Under-21 star marched off in the direction of the changing rooms hotly pursued by Fenlon’s assistant Brown. Griffiths is then said to have landed a punch on Brown which knocked over the former Hearts No 2. He then raced to the changing room where he emptied his locker and sped off.”
However, Hibernian have categorically denied the claims. The statement read: “Leigh Griffiths did not head butt manager Pat Fenlon nor punch assistant manager Billy Brown. The striker will be in the squad for Saturday’s crucial SPL fixture versus Dundee United.”
Manager Pat Fenlon added: “Yesterday was typical training ground stuff, and I’m surprised at the rubbish in the press today. As is usual for high tempo training sessions, involving committed players and coaching staff, robust views and opinions are shared, and yesterday’s session was no different.
“Leigh is a quality striker, and a lively personality, and will remain a key part of my team for the rest of the season. There’s nothing at all in the story. We just want to focus on winning games and getting up the table.”