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Four Match Ban For Fenlon As Hibs Fans Refuse Support For Reformed Rangers

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has been hit with a four match ban by the SFA for misconduct during the closing stages of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.

Fenlon was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson after he was seen to aim a gesture in the general direction of celebrating Hearts fans who were taunting him by singing ‘There’s only on Pat Fenlon.’

After the match he denied that the gesture was directed at fans, and claimed that his frustration was with his own players.

The former Bohs boss claimed: “I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. We kept giving the ball away cheaply. I don’t know what they were singing to be honest. There is a hell of a lot made in relation to the gesture. I didn’t get to speak to the referee. He was the last person I wanted to speak to. It was frustration with the way we were playing. The referee said it was the police, but I spoke to the police who said that they had nothing to do with it so it’s disappointing.”

A judicial panel took place yesterday with the outcome being a four match suspension, with two matches effective immediately and the other two games suspended until the end of the season. Those games will come into effect if Fenlon is found guilty of another breach of rule 203 involving any type of misconduct.

Meanwhile Hibs fans have voted overwhelmingly against a Newco Rangers being allowed into the SPL. Over 99.32% on Fan’s forum Hibs.net and 98.65% on Hibees Bounce which consists of over 1000 individual votes have demanded that the Glasgow Giants resume in the third division, and many supporters have vowed to return season tickets should Chairman Rod Petrie vote in favour of allowing Rangers back.

Mike Riley, chairman of the Hibs Supporters Clubs said: “I think the majority view among the Hibs supporters is that Rangers should be punished and punished severely. They have done wrong and they should stand up and take whatever comes their way. Whatever way the vote goes it is going to cause ructions in Scottish football for a long time to come. For them to come back as a Newco and go straight back into the SPL would upset a lot of people and I know a lot of Hibs fans who would be very unhappy if that were to be the case.

They are due many clubs money so everyone is being dragged into it. I think at the moment they are getting what they deserve.”

Petrie who is currently with the SFA in Poland has already hinted that he would support the wishes of the fans and is on record as saying: “That’s fundamental to us at our club, to make sure the integrity of the game is not called into question and that the sporting integrity of the competition we take part in is maintained at the highest standards. It’s not a question of any sum of money in return for that integrity; integrity is beyond purchase.

It’s important that all clubs can have a place within football provided they have earned it in a sporting sense and also have abided by the rules.”

The twelve SPL clubs will vote on the issue when a meeting can be arranged and a Newco Rangers need eight votes to regain their place after the old company went into liquidation yesterday.

On the playing front, midfield hard-man Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott has agreed to join his former club Ross County on loan. The 26 year old was signed by Colin Calderwood but has hardly played following a training ground bust up with Sean Welsh which resulted in the youngster receiving a broken jaw. Fenlon sent Scott on ‘gardening leave’ toward the end of the season.

The club have been linked with Tim Clancy, a 28 year old defender originally from Trim in County Meath, who left Motherwell after failing to agree terms with manager Stuart McCall.

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Fenlon Charged By SFA After Cup Final Gesture

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has been charged by the SFA with offensive or insulting behaviour during the closing stages of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.

Fenlon was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson after he was seen to aim a gesture in the general direction of celebrating Hearts fans who were taunting him by singing ‘There’s only one Pat Fenlon.’

After the match Fenlon denied that the gesture was directed at fans, and claimed that his frustration was with his own players.

The former Bohs boss said: “I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. We kept giving the ball away cheaply. I don’t know what they were singing to be honest. There is a hell of a lot made in relation to the gesture.”

Fenlon will appear before the SFA compliance officer on Thursday, June 14, charged with breaching rule 203, which forbids offensive or insulting behaviour and could be banned from the dugout for the start of next season. He has until Tuesday, May 29, to respond to the charge.

Hibs fans have reacted with fury at the news, considering that no action has been taken in respect of the blatant dive by Hearts winger Suso Santana, which resulted in a penalty along with a red card for Pa Kujabi which effectively ended the match as a contest.

Fenlon’s after match interview where he slammed the player’s desire and suggested that there would be wholesale changes in the squad has been welcomed by fans who are rightfully angry about the lacklustre performance. A photograph of striker Garry O’Connor allegedly in an Edinburgh night club after the game has sparked outrage on a fan’s forum after it was published on Facebook.

Meanwhile the club has issued a statement thanking the fans for their support throughout the season and at Hampden.  The statement on the club’s website reads:  ‘Hibernian FC today thanked all its supporters for their commitment and backing of the team over the past season and at the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday.

The match and result were devastating to everyone associated with Hibernian especially after such a colourful and exciting build up in Hampden Park. The club would like to thank supporters and Group Section 43 in particular for their efforts in coordinating such a wonderful display and to all the Hibees at the game for backing the team so vociferously.

The commitment of all Hibernian supporters is sincerely appreciated; Hibernian is their club. The Boars and Manager recognise that the nature of Saturday’s defeat reinforces the scale of the task that faces us in rebuilding the squad in preparation for next season.

The club would also like to thank all the staff who worked tirelessly in the build up to the Cup Final. As with the supporters, their dedication to Hibernian is of paramount importance and deeply appreciated.’

Fenlon Apologises To Fans After Cup Final Humiliation

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon apologised to the fans who had travelled in their thousands to Hampden, after a dismal performance ended in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of city rivals Hearts in the final of the Scottish Cup.

Both sides started slowly, but it was the Gorgie men who took the lead after 15 minutes. A Danny Grainger corner was headed on by Andy Webster, and Rudi Skacel’s deflected shot landed at the feet of Darren Barr who hit the ball past Mark Brown.

Two minutes later, referee Craig Thomson incurred the wrath of the Hibs support when he booked Pa Kujabi for a foul on Suso Santana, then only talking to Ian Black for a worse foul on Leigh Griffiths.

Hearts doubled their lead on 27 minutes after Isaiah Osbourne lost possession in midfield and Ian Black slipped the ball to an unmarked Skacel on the edge of the box. His shot was deflected off James McPake into the corner of the net.

It could have been three nil shortly afterwards but McPake was able to clear a Santana shot off the line with Brown beaten.

Just before half time, McPake gave Hibs a glimmer of hope when he side footed the ball past Jamie McDonald from a Tom Soares cross.

As the second half kicked off, everyone knew that the next goal would be vital, and it arrived two minutes later in controversial circumstances. Santana did well to beat Griffiths and Pa Kujabi on the right touchline, and the African fullback pulled his jersey as he ran toward the penalty box. Pa Kujabi released his grip two yards outside the box, but Santana continued his run before blatantly diving to the ground.

Craig Thomson was perfectly placed to see the dive, but amazingly pointed to the spot and sent Pa Kujabi off, ending any chance of a comeback from Hibs.

Danny Grainger dispatched the spot kick high into the corner of the net, and the only question left was how many would Hearts win by.

Two minutes later Hearts scored a fourth when Grainger’s corner found an unmarked Skacel in the box. His miss-hit shot beat Brown and was headed in by Ryan McGowan from close range, to the delight of the Hearts faithful.

Paulo Sergio’s men looked as if they could score at will but thankfully for Hibs they took their foot off the pedal and were happy to retain possession.

Skacel scored a fifth on 74 minutes with a well struck shot from the edge of the box which went through McPake’s legs leading to a mass exodus at the Hibs end.

After the game, a clearly angry Pat Fenlon said: “We didn’t turn up, we didn’t shine, we didn’t deserve to win the game. We didn’t show anything. I apologise to the fans for having to sit and watch that.”

“There’s no desire and we’ve got to change the players to change the outlook of the club. The club has been like this for a while. We’ll work as hard as we can to turn things around.”

Hibs: Brown, Doherty, Pa Saikou Kujabi, Hanlon, McPake, Claros, Osbourne, Stevenson, Soares, Griffiths, O’Connor. Subs Grant, Sproule, Doyle. O’Hanlon, Francombe

Hearts:  MacDonald, Grainger, Webster, McGowan, Zaliukas Barr, Black, Driver, Santana Skacel, Elliott.  Subs: Rigders, Taouil,Prychynenko, Beattie,Robinson

Referee Craig Thomson

Attendance 51,041

Hibs Still Not Safe After Losing To Kilmarnock

A Dean Shiels penalty just before half time was enough to secure the three points for Kilmarnock in a hard fought encounter at Easter Road.

Hibs went into the game with the knowledge that whilst fellow relegation candidates Dunfermline had fought back from 4-2 down against St Mirren to earn a point on Saturday, a victory would almost certainly mean SPL football next year.

Pat Fenlon made two changes from last week’s starting line-up, with Mark Brown replacing the injured Graham Stack and Lewis Stevenson who has just signed a new one year contract, replacing the injured Tom Soares.

The game kicked off in front of a disappointing crowd of just under 9,000 and Garry O’Connor created a chance within ten seconds when he dispossessed a Kilmarnock defender but his first touch let him down and the danger was averted.

Leigh Griffiths was controversially booked for diving after seven minutes when the on-loan forward went down in the penalty box after a challenge from Michael Nelson.

Griffiths almost scored after 24 minutes with a great effort which was tipped over the bar by Cammy Bell, and the Kilmarnock keeper had to be on his toes as Hibs gained three corners in a row. Hibs continued to dominate the game and Jorge Claros almost opened his Hibs account five minutes later with a long range shot which went narrowly wide, whilst a Liam Kelly tackle denied Griffiths after good work by O’Connor.

Referee Craig Thompson infuriated the home support by failing to book James Dayton after the Kilmarnock winger blatantly dived following a challenge from Pa Kujabi, and skipper James McPake went close with a header from a Lewis Stevenson cross.

A well struck Isaiah Osbourne shot appeared to hit James Fowler on the arm, but nothing was given as Hibs continued to chase the elusive opener.

Just before the break, Claros ran into the back of Liam Kelly in the box and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Former Hibs favourite Dean Shiels sent Brown the wrong way to take an undeserved lead at half time.

The Easter Road faithful looked worried as on-form striker Garry O’Connor limped off and was replaced by Roy O’Donovan, and the second half continued with the home side having the upper hand.

Claros and Griffiths went close as Fenlon’s men chased the equaliser, but it was not to be, and the referee’s final whistle ensured that this season will go down in the history books as the club’s worst ever series of  home results, with only one victory at Easter Road.

The crowd left the officials in no doubt about their opinions about the referee’s performance, and after the game, a dejected Pat Fenlon said; “I’m disgusted that we haven’t got something out of it because we played quite well, my players’ performance was very good. He (Referee Craig Thomson) has got to assess his and other people have got to assess him, so I’ll let them do that.”

Hibs: Stack, McPake, Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Claros, Sproule, Stevenson, Osbourne, Griffiths, O’Connor, Subs Stephens, Doyle, Francombe, Grant, O’Hanlon. O’Donovan, Wotherspoon

Kilmarnock Bell, Toshney, O’Leary, Fowler, Nelson, Kelly, Gordon, Dayton Harkins, Shiels, Racchi. Subs  Letheren, McKeown, Barbour, Sissoko, Silva, Johnson,Gross

Ref: Craig Thomson

Attendance 8877

Avoiding relegation top priority says Fenlon after derby defeat

A Craig Beattie toe-poke and an injury time break away goal from Suso Santana was enough to see Hearts extend their unbeaten run in the Edinburgh derby to ten games, in a hard fought encounter at Tynecastle.

Pat Fenlon made two changes from the side which eased past Ayr last week, with Tom Soares replacing Ivan Sproule and David Wotherspoon taking over from Isaiah Osbourne. Hearts replaced the suspended Marius Zaliukas with Darren Barr.

Fenlon fielded six players who had not experienced the derby atmosphere, and that number increased to seven when George Francomb suffered a head injury in a clash with Rudi Skacel after seven minutes and had to be replaced by Dubliner Matt Doherty.

Hearts started brightly and could have gone ahead with an Ian Black free-kick which was deflected just over the bar, before an Andy Webster header was saved on the line by Graham Stack. Hibs only chance came from a good run by Pa Kujabi whose cross was just missed by Soares.

Hearts took the lead after 27 minutes when former Celtic forward Beattie latched onto an Ian Black pass  to toe-poke the ball past Graham Stack.

Hibs started the second half in much better form and Doherty caused the Hearts defence problems from two set pieces, before referee Craig Thomson infuriated the 1874 Hibs fans in the Roseburn stand by ignoring two blatant fouls on Pa Kujabi and Roy O’Donovan.

As the Easter Road men strived for an equaliser, only the legs of keeper McDonald denied O’Donovan with a point blank header.

Gary O’Connor replaced Wotherspoon and Eoin Doyle replaced fellow countryman O’Donovan, but neither were able to make the desired impact.

With the game in the last minute of injury time, Hibs won a corner which Pa Kujabi floated into the box. The ball was cleared and Santana took advantage of the lack of defenders to side foot the ball past Stack, to the delight of the Gorgie faithful.

Today’s result leaves Fenlon’s men 4 points ahead of Dunfermline with eight games remaining. The Fife outfit sacked manager Jim McIntyre on Friday and hope to announce a new boss before their next game against St Mirren next week, with speculation centring on former Hearts boss Jim Jeffries who was in the stand today.

With Hearts in the top six and Hibs stranded near the bottom, the sides will not meet again in the SPL this season, although there is the possibility that they could face each other at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Final.

After the game, a dejected Pat Fenlon admitted his team had not deserved to win, but claimed that avoiding relegation was his top priority.

The former Bohemians manager said: I’m disappointed, we didn’t start the game. We were never at the game in the first half and we gave Hearts too much respect and too much time on the ball. The second half was a bit better but the game could have been over by half-time.

“We knew coming here that we were fighting for our lives and we hadn’t won a derby in a long time, we should have been in about Hearts and in their faces from the start, but we weren’t.

“I feel for the supporters today, I know what it’s like, but it’s now about survival for the club and we can rectify the situation against Hearts another day – but we need to make sure we’re in the league to play against them next season.”

Hearts:  MacDonald, Grainger, Webster, McGowan, Barr, Black, Driver, Taouil, Skacel, Beattie, Elliott.  Subs: Rigders, McGowan, Santana, Holt, Novikovas, Glen, Robinson.

Hibs: Stack, Francombe, Pa Saikou Kujabi, Hanlon, McPake, Claros, Wotherspoon, Stevenson, Soares, Griffiths, O’Donovan. Subs Brown, Doherty, O’Connor, Doyle. Booth, O’Hanlon, Towell

Referee Craig Thomson

Attendance 15,128

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