Last week’s events at Tynecastle have been well documented. There have been arrests, CCTV has been scrutinized, witness statements were taken, and both Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian FC hierarchy came out the following morning in solidarity and in doing so made joint club statements.
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Just as the dust was beginning to settle former Scottish Football Association boss, Gordon Smith waded into the debate.
Should Lennon have reacted in such a boisterous way when in the last minute of the game the home sides disallowed goal would have been enough for a guaranteed three Premiership points?
“The way he (Lennon) is treated is disgraceful; it’s so bad.
“I would consider him a friend, I know Neil well, but my point about it was, you should not be reacting or going to the crowd,” Smith told BBC Sportsound.
“When players score a goal, why do they get booked when they go to the opposition fans?
“It’s because they’re trying to avoid anyone inciting the crowd, they can’t even celebrate a goal nowadays because they’re being told not to do it.”
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“It should be the same for managers, just ignore the people.
“Neil was wrong, in my opinion, to react to the incident that happened with the Hearts fans.
“And I would say that any manager should be the same.
“The reaction to it was terrible, but that’s not the point. The point is that any manager, it should be a regulation in the game that any manager should not react to the fans.”
— Falcarragh Csc (@falcarraghcsc) November 4, 2018