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Hibernian deny reports striker Leigh Griffiths assaulted manager

The capital club have refuted allegations that the striker headbutted manager Pat Fenlon and punched assistant Billy Brown.

Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths.
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**Hibernian have denied reports striker Leigh Griffiths attacked manager Pat Fenlon and assistant manager Billy Brown in a training ground bust-up.
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A report in the *Daily Mail *alleged the on-loan Wolves man had headbutted boss Fenlon, before punching his assistant Brown on Tuesday.

However the Edinburgh club say the reports aren’t true and that the player will be included in their squad to face Dundee United at the weekend.

A statement on Hibernian’s official website read: "Hibernian has moved to address erroneous press reports regarding an alleged incident involving Leigh Griffiths at the Hibernian Training Centre yesterday.

"Contrary to a report in today's Daily Mail, Leigh Griffiths did not headbutt manager Pat Fenlon nor punch assistant manager Billy Brown. The striker will be in the squad for Saturday's crucial SPL fixture versus Dundee United.

“Hibernian will not tolerate, nor be distracted by, unverified and irresponsible 'reporting' in the media.”

Manager Pat Fenlon said he had no problem with the player, dismissing any disagreement as anything out of the ordinary.

He said: "Yesterday was typical training ground stuff, and I'm surprised at the rubbish in the press today.

"As is usual for high tempo training sessions, involving committed players and coaching staff, robust views and opinions are shared, and yesterday's session was no different.

"Leigh is a quality striker, and a lively personality, and will remain a key part of my team for the rest of the season. There's nothing at all in the story. We just want to focus on winning games and getting up the table."

Club captain James McPake tweeted his disblief at the story, adding: "Have 2 laugh at the story that came out about our training yesterday! Not 1 part of it was true or near the truth!!"

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