SFA to decide punishment for Hearts' Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee

Hearts manager Craig Levein and his assistant Austin MacPhee sit together behind the home dugout after referee Bobby Madden took action
Hearts manager Craig Levein and his assistant Austin MacPhee sit together behind the home dugout after referee Bobby Madden took action
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Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee face a nervous wait to learn whether the Scottish Football Association will punish them over Saturday's events at Tynecastle Park.


The Hearts manager and his assistant were both sent to the stand separately by referee Bobby Madden during a chaotic second half against Hamilton Academical.

The SFA compliance officer, Tony McGlennan, will spend Monday studying footage of the incidents and analysing Madden's report before deciding what, if any, sanctions to impose.

He is expected to inform Hearts of his findings on Tuesday, with touchline bans the most likely outcome if he decides to take action. Both clubs are set to be warned about their future conduct as a result of the ugly scenes.

Levein was ordered out of the home technical area after protesting at Madden's officiating during the 1-1 draw and then refusing to walk five yards to the official when he attempted to speak to him on the touchline.

MacPhee later joined Levein in the stand after an altercation 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.

Police and stewards intervened to restore order as players and staff from both clubs clashed. Madden then sent MacPhee away but chose not to punish MacKinnon, who had already been cautioned.

The afternoon ended with Madden being escorted off the pitch by police, and the SFA must now decide how to deal with the fallout.