SFA charge Hibs star Vine over Lennon outburst

Rowan Vine claimed his comments towards Neil Lennon were 'banter'. Pic: Ian Rutherford

Rowan Vine claimed his comments towards Neil Lennon were 'banter'. Pic: Ian Rutherford

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Hibs star Rowan Vine is to face an SFA charge following his outburst against Neil Lennon after the Celtic manager accused the Easter Road side of a “shocking” level of physicality during last month’s 1-1 draw between the clubs.

Lennon branded one tackle by Vine on Hoops youngster Darnell Fisher “rugby-esque,” provoking a response from the striker via Twitter making reference to a 1998 incident in which Alan Shearer kicked Lennon in the head during a Leicester-Newcastle United match.

Vine later apologised and described his retort as “banter,” but it has brought a notice of complaint from the SFA’s compliance officer Vince Lunny accusing him of “making offensive comments on Twitter suggesting the use of violence”.

Vine has been charged under rule 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.”

Vine has until next Friday to respond to the complaint with a hearing having been set for Thursday, November 28.