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Hearts will probe pitch invasion

Derek Riordan confronted by Hearts fan

Hearts fan confronts Riordan

Hearts have vowed to investigate the pitch invasion that followed Derek Riordan's penalty winner for Hibernian.

Several fans ran on to the park after the goal and two arrests were made at the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

Managing director Campbell Ogilivie said: "The club will fully investigate the incident.

"And we will take the necessary action against any supporter found guilty of an offence. This type of irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated."

Lothian and Borders Police said two males were arrested at the match. Both are due to appear in court on Friday.

A police spokesman added that 15 supporters were ejected, 10 by stewards and five by police officers, for "minor behavioural issues".

The Scottish Premier League are awaiting the report of match delegate Craig Brown.

An SPL spokesman told BBC Scotland: "We will be in touch with both clubs to investigate further the events of last night."

Crowd trouble at games comes under the jurisdiction of the SPL whilst the Scottish Football Association will only advise if asked to do so on these matters.

Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen raised concerns over the stewarding after the trouble sparked by Riordan's decisive goal on 79 minutes.

Riordan was confronted by one angry fan, with referee Steve Conroy bravely stepping in to block the intruder.

Hibs defender Ian Murray was also struck by a coin in the aftermath of the goal celebrations.

"I must say I felt there was quite a small number of stewards on that far side," said Paatelainen. "I was surprised by that, knowing it is a derby match and a volatile atmosphere.

"It's disappointing to see that happening, player safety is the most important thing. Thankfully it was put under control very quickly."

Paatelainen added: "I wasn't really worried. I always trust that our players are a bit quicker and fitter than their supporters. Maybe not braver."

The Finn also laughed off the incident which saw Murray struck by a missile.

"He's fine - the coin is in his pocket now, knowing him," Paatelainen joked.

The Hibs manager had earlier sought action from a police officer over abuse from supporters behind his dugout.

"I felt on the right-hand side of the dugout there was no steward there and every time I went to that side I got quite a mouthful," he added.

"I felt, just in case, just to avoid things happening, I wanted to make sure the situation was calm."



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Hearts 0-1 Hibernian
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