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Tunnel trouble exaggerated- Struthers

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Hamilton have sought to play down the tunnel brawl which marred the end of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Hearts.

Both clubs are awaiting the outcome of a Scottish Football Association investigation into the mayhem following the final whistle at New Douglas Park on Sunday.

Accies secretary Scott Struthers told BBC Radio Five Live: "The whole affair has been blown out of all proportion."

At least a dozen players were involved in the bust-up which saw Hearts pair Suso Santana, club masseur Alan Robson and unused Hamilton substitute Leon Knight effectively shown red cards by referee David Somers, who also issue a post-match red to Jambos midfielder Ian Black for insulting and abusive behaviour.

Those were on top of the on-field dismissals of Jambos captain Michael Stewart and defender Ismael Bouzid in one of the most controversial games of the season.

Struthers, who witnessed the melee, said: "There was some pushing and shoving, nothing I haven't seen before."

The trouble is thought to have been sparked by a clash between Suso and Knight, with police forced to intervene as players from both sides then waded in.

"I was present throughout and the referee dealt with the incident," he added. "Although he took and hour to do so, and I don't expect the matter to go further."

Strathclyde Police were on Monday not planning any criminal charges but the SFA could yet take action. If so, Hearts would be hit hardest after picking up their 18th red card in 18 months.

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