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DUNDEE United boss Jim McLean resigned last night after thumping a BBC sports reporter in the tunnel at Tannadice.

Mad Mac had to be dragged off journalist John Barnes after United had been thrashed 4-0 by Hearts.

Barnes, who was interviewing the United chairman for Match of the Day was seen staggering out of the tunnel clutching a hankerchief to his bleeding mouth.

McLean, 63, who has been with United for 28 years, announced he was resigning shortly afterwards.

Former Rangers star Mark Hateley, who witnessed the incident, said: "I was in the gantry doing the radio when I saw a scuffle at the mouth of the tunnel. I saw John Barnes walking away holding his mouth.

"He was interviewing Mr McLean and I think you can read what you want into the rest of it.

"All I saw was the interviews starting and then I saw John Barnes take a step back, and somebody dive in between them - and with that he was just holding his mouth.

"Jim McLean had been standing in front of him. Then everybody started running all over the place."

It's believed that at least two TV cameras have footage of the alleged incident, but last night United spokesman Niall Scott refused to comment in detail on the alleged bust-up.

Visibly shaken in the ground's Press room, he said: "It would be inappropriate of me to comment."

Jim McLean also refused to comment.

In a demonstration unconnected with the alleged incident, 200 United fans gathered outside Tannadice after the humiliating defeat and demanded McLean's resignation.

A Tayside Police spokesman said: "At this point in time, we are unaware of any incident."

The BBC were unavailable for comment.
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