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Hearts facing indiscipline fine

David Somers
Ref David Somers issued five red cards in Sunday's match at New Douglas Park

Hearts could be handed another record fine when the Scottish FA disciplinary panel meets on 26 January to discuss a tunnel fight at Hamilton on Sunday.

Referee David Somers sent off Hearts' Michael Stewart and Ismael Bouzid during Sunday's match and issued three red cards in the tunnel afterwards.

In August, Hearts were fined £40,000 for poor discipline during the 2008/09 season after receiving 11 red cards.

A further £10,000 was suspended until January 2010 pending good behaviour.

The SFA has promised a full investigation into the events at New Douglas Park, which followed Hamilton's 2-1 win, when the match report is submitted on Monday.


Trouble at New Douglas Park began when Hamilton's Leon Knight clashed with Hearts winger Suso Santana in the tunnel at full-time and other players became involved in the melee.

Santana and Ian Black, plus Hearts' masseur Alan Robson, along with Hamilton's Leon Knight, were then given the equivalent of red cards, although Hearts are considering whether to appeal against any of the referee's decisions.

The association's disciplinary panel meets in January to assess the behaviour of clubs at the mid-way point in the season and the suspended portion of Hearts' earlier fine could be applied or increased.

Hearts have decided to appeal the red card shown to Stewart, as the player believes television evidence will demonstrate he did not commit an act of violent conduct to warrant a straight red card.

Hearts were also fined £10,000 in February, which had been suspended from July 2008, when the Edinburgh club received a £30,000 fine and a warning about their players' future conduct.

By picking up seven red and 37 yellow cards from August 2008-February 2009, they amassed 163 disciplinary points.

Hearts' captain Stewart was sent off in the opening match of the season against Dundee United following a challenge on Scott Robertson.

Defender Marius Zaliukas was sent off three times last season, resulting in a four-match ban for the Lithuanian.

The Edinburgh club were also fined £20,000 by the Scottish Football Association for their poor disciplinary record in the 2006/07 season, when players were issued with nine red cards and 92 cautions and received a warning over their players' behaviour in January 2007.

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov was fined £20,000 by the SFA in May 2007 following comments made on the club website that questioned referees' integrity.

Romanov was also fined £25,000 by the Scottish Premier League after it ruled his comments had broken league rules and the Tynecastle cub were warned about their future conduct.

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Hamilton Accies 2-1 Hearts
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Hearts face fine for indiscipline
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28 Aug 07 |  Hearts
Hearts pay fine over ref claims
30 Mar 07 |  Hearts

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