Stitch that! Wolves loan star headbutts Hibs boss (report)
Published 11:27 21/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths has reportedly brought his loan spell at Hibernian to an early close after allegedly head-butting manager Pat Fenlon and then punching assistant Billy Brown in an outrageous training ground bust-up yesterday.
Griffiths, 21, had joined the Scottish club on loan until the end of the season, but was reportedly so disappointed at being singled out for criticism by the Hibs boss over recent displays that he unleashed a furious physical rebuttal.
It was reportedly a stormy day's training all round for the SPL side, with several Hibs players having to be pulled apart earlier.
When Fenlon focused his attention on Griffiths, the player allegedly headbutted the Irishman, knocking his glasses off.
The Scotland Under-21 star then headed off to the changing rooms, pursued by Fenlon’s assistant Brown – Griffiths is then reported to have landed a blow on Brown which knocked over the former Hearts No 2.
Griffiths then emptied his locker and took his leave.
But Hibs manager Fenlon has today denied there was a training ground fracas between the pair.
Fenlon 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."
Scotland Under-21 international Griffiths will reportedly be in the Hibs squad for Saturday's SPL clash with Dundee United.
He was initially signed on loan in August until January by Colin Calderwood but the deal was extended by Fenlon, Calderwood's successor as boss, despite Griffiths three times being banned for making offensive gestures to supporters.