Police Scotland have announced that Hibernian manager Neil Lennon will not face police action over gestures he made during their 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
A number of complaints were made to police over Lennon’s celebratory gestures, however a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers reviewed the events at the match and talks with the procurator fiscal established that no criminality took place. Therefore no further action will be taken.”
Rangers fans group Club 1872 criticised Lennon for ‘inflammatory’ actions following Simon Murray’s equaliser in the 21st minute of the game, when he cupped his ears and made a gesture celebrating.
However, the fans group failed to mention or condemn the sectarian singing and chants aimed in Lennon’s direction throughout the match by their fellow Rangers fans.
Police have also confirmed that they continue to investigate “offensive and threatening comments” made to Lennon on social media and numerous Rangers forums, with one individual already arrested over death threats sent to the former Celtic manager.
After the match Lennon dismissed the notion that he did anything wrong, after he was made aware that Rangers assistant Helder Baptista spoke to police about Lennon, he said: “I didn’t make a gesture, I celebrated a goal. If they are unhappy about it they can come and tell me. But I shouldn’t get into trouble for doing that.
“I am celebrating a goal. What way are you supposed to celebrate a goal?”
What do you think about the Lennon ‘ear cupping’ issue? Harmless banter or inciting?