Neil Lennon: 'I'm abused because I'm Catholic and Irish'
The 47-year-old was struck on the jaw by a pound coin during the Edinburgh derby.
Hibs boss Neil Lennon said he is constantly abused because he's Catholic, Irish and played for Celtic.
The 47-year-old was struck on the jaw by a pound coin moments after appearing to celebrate Hearts having an injury-time goal disallowed in the Edinburgh derby on Wednesday.
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, with Lennon saying it happened because of his beliefs and where he is from.
When questioned if it was because he was Catholic, Irish and played for Celtic, he said: "First time I stepped on to Windsor Park at Celtic I was booed when I touched the ball.
"There is no question in my mind that was the reasoning behind it.
"You call it sectarianism in Scotland - I call it racism.
"If a black man is abused you're not just abusing the colour of the skin, you're abusing his culture, heritage and background.
"It's the exact same when I get called a Fenian, a pauper, a beggar, an tarrier and all I do is stand up for myself.
"I'v been subjected to this for 18 years. I'm 47 and I'm fed up with it.
"I'm the manager of Hibs now and I'm still getting it at a derby."
Lennon said the effigy of him outside Tynecastle before the match resembled something the Ku Klux Klan would participate in.
He said: "That effigy outside the ground before the game is sectarian or racist.
"Hanging people with something the Ku Klux Klan did in the 1960s - maybe that's the mentality of the people who want to write this stuff."
Lennon believes he isn't aggressive and questioned why fans want to attack him.
He said: "Everyone says I play the victim - I don't.
"I had 15 years in England of nothing and the first day I stepped into Scotland this sort of stuff has begun.
"It's not because I'm an aggressive character.
"I'm competitive, sometimes across the line, just like any other manager.
"This 'bringing it on himself' - I'm very angry about that."
Hearts keeper Zdenek Zlamal was also "punched" by a fan during the match.
Assistant referees, Frank Connor and David McGeachie, were both said to have been struck by objects during the Hearts v Hibs match on Wednesday.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with one of the incidents.
He is due to appear in court at a later date.
Chief inspector Murray Starkey said: "Police Scotland condemn the mindless acts of violence which included missiles being thrown during last night's Edinburgh derby.
"I can confirm we are investigating two separate incidents involving the Hearts goalkeeper and the Hibernian manager during the match."