SFA take no action against Hearts' Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee

Hamilton's Darian MacKinnon and Hearts' assistant coach Austin MacPhee ended up on the ground inside the home technical area on Saturday
Hamilton's Darian MacKinnon and Hearts' assistant coach Austin MacPhee ended up on the ground inside the home technical area on Saturday
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Hearts manager Craig Levein and his assistant Austin MacPhee will not be banned from the touchline for their part in Saturday's disorder against Hamilton.

The Scottish Football Association have warned both men about their future conduct and done likewise with the two clubs. It follows unseemly events at Tynecastle Park during the 1-1 draw in which Hearts had defender Jamie Brandon sent off before Levein and MacPhee were ordered to the stand by referee Bobby Madden.

The SFA compliance officer, Tony McGlennan, studied footage of the game and Madden's match report before deciding to issue warnings to Hearts, Hamilton, Levein and MacPhee. He has told both sides to ensure their players and staff show better discipline from now on.

Levein was sent to the stand in the second half after protesting at Madden's decisions and then refusing to walk five yards to the official when he attempted to speak to him on the touchline.

Madden then ordered MacPhee to join his manager in the stand after the assistant coach grappled with the Hamilton midfielder Darian MacKinnon. Both men wrestled for a ball which went out of play and ended up on the ground in front of the Hearts dugout, sparking a melee.

Police and stewards stepped in to try and restore some order as players and staff from both clubs lost control. Madden then sent MacPhee away but opted not to punish MacKinnon, who had already been booked and could have therefore been sent off. The afternoon ended with Madden being escorted off the pitch by police.