Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game between Hamilton and Hearts was marred by a bust-up in the tunnel which appears to have resulted in three players and a masseur being sent off after the final whistle.

Official confirmation of the four dismissals was still to be provided an hour after full-time of what was already one of the most controversial games of the season.

Hamilton won 2-1 at New Douglas Park after Hearts captain Michael Stewart and defender Ismael Bouzid saw red during the game itself.

The bad blood spilled over into the tunnel, with Accies confirming substitute striker Leon Knight had been sent off for violent conduct.

Hearts believe midfielder Ian Black, winger Suso Santana and masseur Alan Robson were also all dismissed, with Eggert Jonsson cautioned for dissent.

The incident was serious enough to warrant police involvement, though Press Association Sport understands there are no plans to issue charges.

Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo insisted he did not see what sparked the brawl but claims he became involved in trying to separate the players.

"I cannot accuse the Hamilton players and I cannot accuse my players if I didn't see anything," he said. "I came between them and I tried to push some Hamilton players and my players away.

"Afterwards, came the referee and everything was finished. You are always upset if something happens and your players are involved. In defence of my players, the adrenaline was somewhere over their heads. A word or provocation maybe can spark an explosion."

Hamilton boss Billy Reid added: "I was actually out shaking everybody's hand at the end of the game. Then I heard a scuffle, or whatever it may be, in the tunnel. Things like that shouldn't happen - I fully understand that - But it happens in the game of football."

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