• STV
  • MySTV

Levein criticises SFA over 'mass confrontation' charge

Craig Levein has criticised the Scottish FA's decision to charge Hearts and Hibs.

Worried: Craig Levein says he's "worried about the game".
Worried: Craig Levein says he's "worried about the game". SNS

Hearts boss Craig Levein has bemoaned the call to charge his side and Hibs for a "mass confrontation" during the Edinburgh derby.

Both capital clubs have been hit with notices of complaint from the Scottish FA after two second-half flashpoints in the heated 0-0 draw.

Hibs striker Flo Kamberi was sent off for losing his cool during one of the incidents, which saw players from both sides clash.

Levein criticised the decision to reprimand the teams in the aftermath, insisting he is worried for the game if what took place at Tynecastle is seen as "mass confrontation".

He said: "I worry about the game when that is seen as a mass confrontation.

"People think players are robots and can control every emotion going but the whole idea of teamwork is to support your teammates.

"When I looked at that, particularly the first situation, I don't see anything in it.

"I see a lot of people in to break things up. In fact, I thought they were helping the referee.

"Listen, if the compliance officer wants to watch some games from the past then maybe she would recognise exactly what a difficult situation that is. But that was nothing.

"And I really worry if that is what is going to be seen as confrontational - for me, that's nothing."

https://stv.tv/sport/football/1432576-hearts-and-hibs-charged-for-failing-to-control-players/ | default

He added: "We have to look very closely at whether people are being confrontational or actually trying to help.

"I certainly think those situations could have got out of hand had it not been for the players trying to calm it."

Levein hopes to have striker Steven Naismith back sooner than expected following his knee injury.

While the Scotland international and other key players such as Christophe Berra recover, the Jam Tarts manager said the onus is on the current group to hang onto top spot until their star men return.

He said: "You don't stay at the top of the league for as long as we have without deserving it.

"We've had a lot to contend with that are out of the ordinary and yet we've managed to stay in that position.

"The key for us is to try and stay out in front until we get our key players back as we should get a big boost from that."

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.