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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.[/size]


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.[/size]


It was reportedly a stormy day's training all round for the SPL side, with several Hibs players having to be pulled apart earlier.[/size]


When Fenlon focused his attention on Griffiths, the player allegedly headbutted the Irishman, knocking his glasses off.[/size]

[size=4]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[/size]

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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has praised Leigh Griffiths as the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club denied a report of a training-ground fracas between the pair.

Scotland Under-21 international Griffiths is on loan from Premier League Wolves and will be in the Hibs squad for Saturday's SPL clash with Dundee United as Fenlon's side seek to move further away from relegation danger.

Fenlon said on Hibs' official website: "(Tuesday) was typical training-ground stuff, and I'm surprised at the rubbish in the press.

"As is usual for high-tempo training sessions, involving committed players and coaching staff, robust views and opinions are shared, and (Tuesday'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."

Griffiths, a lifelong supporter who went to school next to Easter Road stadium, has scored nine times in 27 appearances for Hibs, who are four points clear of Dunfermline with eight games remaining.

The 21-year-old was initially signed on loan in August until January by Colin Calderwood and the deal was extended after he impressed Fenlon, Calderwood's successor as boss, despite three times being banned for making offensive gestures to supporters.



The Daily Mail and Telegraph have both pulled the story from their websites



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UPDATE: HIBERNIAN have denied the report of a punch-up in training involving striker Leigh Griffiths.

A statement posted on Hibs’ website said: “Contrary to reports in today’s Daily Mail, Leigh Griffiths did not head butt manager Pat Fenlon nor punch assistant manager Billy Brown. The striker will be in the squad for Saturday’s crucial SPL fixture v Dundee United.”


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