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Player attack warrant move
Neil Lennon
Celtic player Neil Lennon
A warrant for the arrest of a man accused of a sectarian attack on Celtic star Neil Lennon is to be withdrawn, it has been confirmed.

The procurator fiscal's office in Glasgow said a letter containing Neil MacLeod's plea to the charge had not been forwarded to the city's sheriff court in time for proceedings on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the fiscal's office said an application will now be made to a sheriff seeking the recall of the warrant and Mr MacLeod's plea will then be put before the court.

The spokesman said the Crown will request that the trial be fixed for the same date as the co-accused, Gregg Millar, 20, of Rubislaw, Aberdeen.

Disorderly manner

He explained: "What happened was that while the letter had come into the office it had not made its way through the mail handling process to be associated with the papers for the court. I don't know why that has happened."

Mr MacLeod, of Hyndland, Glasgow and Mr Millar are accused of assaulting the former Northern Ireland international by spitting on him, kicking and punching him on the body and butting him on the face.

They are also alleged to have conducted themselves in a disorderly manner in the city's Great Western Road, shouting sectarian remarks and committing a breach of the peace on 8 May.

During proceedings on Wednesday, Sheriff Shiona Waldron set Mr Miller's case for trial at the city's sheriff court on 18 September.

The Celtic midfielder will be expected to give evidence to the court.

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