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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Lennon hails anti-sectarian drive
Celtic's Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon's last Northern Ireland appearance was in 2002
Former Northern Ireland player Neil Lennon has praised the efforts to erase the problem of sectarianism at Windsor Park internationals.

Lennon's NI career ended in 2002 after he received a death threat before a friendly against Cyprus in Belfast.

In an earlier match Lennon, who had moved from Leicester to Celtic, was booed by a section of the crowd.

"When I look at Windsor Park now it seems a real fun place with a brilliant atmosphere," Lennon told BBC NI Sport.

"The IFA has worked really hard at taking the sectarianism out completely.

"I still think where Windsor Park is situated it can be an intimidating place for Catholics to go. But the IFA have made huge strides.

"I was back in Belfast in June for the first time in two or three years and I was wary of the sort of reception I would get.

"But I had a great time, it was amazing, and I just felt I had wasted a couple of years in not going back really and seeing people there and how warm they are with me."

Lennon said he would consider going back to Windsor Park to watch a match and that what happened to him could have been a turning point for Northern Ireland internationals.

"Maybe it took my career, maybe something good has come out of it all.

"There have been two or three years of great nights there and that is brilliant."

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