Police: Bombs sent to Celtic manager were real

“We will fight against all violence, sectarianism, everything we will fight,” Platini said during a visit to London. “Football is very nice, it’s a beautiful game and you have many beautiful things. But you have some bad things. As UEFA president you have take responsibility to look what are the bad things and change the system.”

The news comes just days before Rangers hosts Celtic on Sunday in the teams’ seventh meeting this season. Rangers are trying to close a four-point gap on the defending champions at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

The parcel bombs are the latest in a series of incidents targeting Lennon and others connected with Celtic.

Packages containing bullets were sent earlier this year to Lennon and to players Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn, who are also from Northern Ireland.

The 39-year-old Lennon has endured threats and abuse during his soccer career _ both as a player and a manager.

Lennon quit international soccer in 2002 after having made 39 appearances, saying he had received death threats from a paramilitary group in Northern Ireland.


AP Sports Writer Rob Harris in London contributed to this report.

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