Hearts will wait to see what extra punishment Jamie Hamill receives for knocking over Derek Adams before deciding whether to appeal against the decision.
The Scottish Football Association have issued a notice of complaint for his barge into the Ross County manager but the Edinburgh club could appeal any sanction imposed.
Hamill has been cited for breaching the SFA’s disciplinary rule 201 at Tynecastle on Saturday. The SFA accused him of “excessive misconduct at a match by knocking Derek Adams, manager of Ross County FC, to the ground”. After opening the scoring with a penalty kick in Hearts’ 2-0 victory, the 27-year-old ran off down the touchline with the ball before releasing it and barging into Adams, who fell to the turf.
Referee Willie Collum issued Hamill with a second yellow card and then a red at the time but the SFA are now looking to take the matter further. A charge of excessive misconduct can carry a ban of up to four games. Hamill has until April 30 to respond to the notice of complaint, with a hearing scheduled to take place on May 8.
The versatile midfielder misses this Sunday’s Edinburgh derby with Hibs at Easter Road because of an automatic one-game suspension triggered by his red card. Hearts have only one game remaining after the hearing date, away to St Mirren on Saturday, May 10.
The SFA’s disciplinary rule 201 of states: “No player shall commit excessive misconduct at a match, including committing offences in the Schedule of Offences in Annex C, in respect of which there is aggravation by any factor, (including but not limited to prolongation of the incident; combination of different offences; continued use of offensive, abusing and/or insulting language and/or behaviour; calling a match official a cheat and/or calling a match official’s integrity into question; failure to comply with a match official’s requests; adoption of aggressive behaviour towards a match official; any racist, sexist, sectarian and/or otherwise discriminatory element; and the degree of any physical violence); and/or by committing Unacceptable Conduct.”
Hearts have sold out their entire 3600 allocation of tickets for the away end at Easter Road this weekend. Their supporters will fill the south stand.