Craig Levein: Talk of closed-door derby 'a nonsense'
The Hearts boss called for cool heads following the Tynecastle derby flashpoints.
Hearts boss Craig Levein called for cool heads following the Tynecastle derby flashpoints, insisting talk of playing the match behind closed doors in future is "a nonsense".
Hibs head coach Neil Lennon was struck with a coin during the 0-0 draw on Wednesday, while Jam Tarts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal appeared to be punched by a supporter.
Five arrests were made following the derby, during which the match officials were also targeted.
Crowd trouble has led to a number of matches in European competitions being forced behind closed doors over the years.
Levein dismissed the suggestion that the Edinburgh derby could be set to follow suit.
He said: "I think that's a little bit dramatic in all honesty, there was 20,000 people there and five arrests.
"It's not as if there was a full scale war.
"Definitely, people crossed the line and we just need to make sure people behave themselves from now on.
"I don't want to talk about playing a derby match in front of no people, it's a nonsense."
The Edinburgh rival clubs issued a joint statement following the incidents.
Levein reiterated that the majority of the crowd in attendance had behaved themselves, only to let down by a handful of "idiots".
He continued: "There are idiots everywhere and it's very difficult to control 20,000 people.
"I'm not condoning anything, when something happens we go right to the other end of the scale.
"There have been worse situations in Scottish football.
"We just have to take a step back and consider the best way to deal with it.
"I thought the atmosphere was brilliant the other night, up there with the best with both teams doing so well.
"Some people just seem to go over the line.
"In general the vast majority behaved themselves very well and there are some idiots who didn't.
"I don't want to go to the other end of the scale and ask for all sorts of nonsense, we just need to deal with it as best we can."