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Hearts & SPL launch full investigation into Lennon attack

Thu 12th May 2011 | Legal

Heart of Midlothian FC confirmed last night that a full investigation into the events which took place in the second half of their game against Celtic is underway.

The full investigation is now underway to establish how a supporter was able to breach security and reach Celtic manager Neil Lennon in his technical area at Tynecastle.  

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster was quick to condemn the incident also pledging a full investigation. "We'll be focusing on the situation that led to him being able to get access to the perimeter track and that's something we'll be discussing in detail with the home club," he told Sky Sports News.

"The investigation started immediately the incident happened last night. We'll be talking with the SFA and with all the parties involved to investigate it as thoroughly and as speedily as possible."

"We'll be certainly talking to both clubs, the police and also to our own match delegate, who witnessed the incident, and taking reports from all of those and investigate it thoroughly.

"It's absolutely vital that any lessons that need to be learned are learned and we can put them into effect."

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan said in a statement: "In discussions with Neil Doncaster this morning, the Scottish Premier League have confirmed they have initiated an investigation into the unsavoury events at Tynecastle last night.

"I am also aware that Heart of Midlothian are carrying out their own review of internal security measures at the club and have agreed to co-operate fully with both the police and the football authorities.

"I reiterate my condemnation of this blight on the image of Scottish football and expect to see robust plans in place to protect players and officials at all times."

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