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Hearts fan jailed for 8 months after confronting Celtic manager Neil Lennon during SPL match

09/14/2011 02:14 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:17 EST
EDINBURGH, Scotland - A Scottish football fan cleared of assaulting Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been jailed for eight months for breach of the peace during a match earlier this year.

Hearts supporter John Wilson was also handed a five-year ban from football after he charged toward Lennon and shouted and swore at him during the televised game at Tynecastle in Edinburgh on May 11.

A sheriff (judge) told Wilson on Wednesday that his actions that night, amid an already "highly volatile" and "poisonous" atmosphere between the two sets of supporters, had "serious potential consequences."

Wilson, a 26-year-old unemployed labourer, was also accused of a sectarian attack on Lennon, but was acquitted after jurors found the charge was not proven.

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