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Hibs Rowan Vine cited for Lennon Twitter spat
Hibs attacker up before the beaks
Hibs forward Rowan Vine has become the second player in a week to be cited for conduct by the SFA.
Liam Craig had a ban upheld by the SFA after an appeal about a challenge on the touchline with Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson, and faces a two game ban.
Vine criticised Celtic boss Neil Lennon in a tweet, following the Celtic manager's shocking comments about Hibs following the 1-1 draw at Easter Road last Month.
Vine mentioned an infamous incident that happened between Lennon and former England striker Alan Shearer, while Lennon was a player at Leicester City.
The SFA have now decided that Vine has broken Rule 82 which states:
“No recognised football body, club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall in an interview, a ‘blog’ on the internet, on a social networking or micro-blogging site, or in any other manner calculated or likely to lead to publicity, make comment(s) of a discriminatory or offensive nature based on, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability, or that endorse or encourage foul play or are otherwise offensive.
“There shall be a presumption that any material published in such a manner was published in the name of and/or with the authority of the person or body bearing to have published the material.”
The question has to be asked though, why has Lennon not been cited for his media comments about retribution towards what he seen as Hibs supposed rash tactics, when they next visit Parkhead?
As yet there is no indication as to what ban, if any, Vine could face. The former St Johnstone man has until November 28th to lodge an appeal.
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