HEARTS today confirmed they will appeal Jamie Hamill’s red card against Inverness. The defender was dismissed by referee John Beaton for deliberate handball on Saturday, but television footage clearly shows Billy McKay’s shot hit Hamill’s head.
The Edinburgh club were without Danny Wilson and Kevin McHattie through suspension in the Highlands on Saturday and lost 2-0 against top-of-the-league Inverness. They are desperate to avoid losing Hamill through an automatic one-match ban.
The incident in question took place nine minutes from the end of the game as McKay attempted an acrobatic shot at goal. The ball struck Hamill on the right side of his head and floored the defender. However, Beaton stepped in to issue an instant red card for deliberate handball inside the penalty area.
“You tell me. I don’t know,” was the response from Hearts manager Gary Locke when asked after the match if it was handball. “I don’t really want to talk about it because we’re having a bit of a torrid time just now with things like that. I spoke to Jamie, he said it hit him on the head. I spoke to the ref and he said he felt it was a handball.”
Inverness were awarded a penalty as a result of Hamill’s alleged handling. However, the Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald saved McKay’s effort. The Northern Irishman scored both his team’s goals, but was denied his hat-trick.