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Scotland's papers: Neil Lennon on 'racist' abuse

Image caption Football manager Neil Lennon describing the abuse he faces as "racist" features many of the front pages. The Scotsman said the Hibs boss has disputed the notion that Scotland is an open and inclusive country claiming there is a major problem with anti-Irish racism.
Image caption The Daily Record says Lennon believes he is the victim of "rampant racism". It comes after he was hit in the face by a coin during Wednesday night's Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.
Image caption The Times in Scotland leads with comments from an advisor to Police Scotland who has said selling alcohol to all fans in football stadiums would cut hooliganism rather than fuel the type of violence that marred the match earlier this week. Clifford Scott is a professor of social psychology and an expert of football disorder.
Image caption The Scottish Sun says Neil Lennon has likened his ordeal to the abuse of black people by the Ku Klux Klan. The paper also says the football boss has told his critics "don't blame me".
Image caption The Herald leads with a warning from a charity of a "winter health crisis" due to rising energy poverty. The paper says the increase in heating costs as temperatures dip is pushing more people into debt and could have a serious impact on the elderly and vulnerable this winter.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail splashes with a report on radio DJ Paul Gambaccini, who has reportedly won a five-figure payout and an apology from the Crown Prosecution Service. Mr Gambaccini was arrested on suspicion of historical sexual abuse in 2013 and placed on bail for a year before the case against him was dropped.
Image caption The National reports on "fury in Catalonia" after Spanish prosecutors said they wanted jail terms totalling 200 years for members of the Catalan government, grassroots leaders and officials who helped organise the October 2017 independence referendum.
Image caption The Highlands edition of the Press and Journal reports on Four criticism by mountain rescue teams of the new contract for search and rescue helicopters. The teams say its impacting on their work, with a reluctance by those co-ordinating missions to assist with the recovery of bodies in the mountains, and an unwillingness to help move volunteers after rescue.
Image caption The mountain rescue story is also the lead in The Courier. The paper says Scotland's mountain rescue teams have accused national air support agencies of "casual disregard" for the safety of volunteers during dangerous missions.
Image caption According to the front page of the Express, people have cashed in a record £5.7bn from their pension pots so far this year. The figures come from HM Revenue and Customs and suggest people are "starting to treat their retirement nest egg as a bank account", the paper says.
Image caption The i newspaper reports on a new breast cancer test which could "speed up detection". The paper says the personalised screening is likely to "save thousands of lives through early diagnosis".
Image caption The Daily Star of Scotland has a story about a fight at Simon Cowell's Sony headquarters in London.

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