Craig Levein: Hearts boss critical of SFA 'confrontation' charge from Hibs derby
Hearts boss Craig Levein has criticised the decision to charge both his side and Hibernian for a "mass confrontation" during last week's Edinburgh derby.
The clubs have been issued with notices of complaint from the Scottish FA following two second-half flashpoints at Tynecastle.
But Levein insists the response is disproportionate.
"I worry about the game when that is seen as a mass confrontation," he said.
"People think players are robots who can control every emotion going. But the whole idea of teamwork is to support your team-mates.
"When I look at the first situation I don't see anything in it. I see a lot of people going in to break things up and stop a situation arising. In fact, I thought they were helping the referee.
"If the compliance officer wants to watch some games from the past then she would see exactly what a difficult situation is. That was nothing. And I really worry if that is going to be seen as confrontational. For me that was nothing."
Rule 204 relates to "where three or more players and/or members of team staff from one team are involved in a confrontation with opposing players and/or members of team staff of the opposing team during and/or directly after a match."
The Edinburgh clubs have until Monday to respond and have been invited to attend a hearing next Thursday, 15 November.
If found guilty, a financial penalty is likely to be imposed.
The charge facing both teams does not relate to the incidents involving Hibs head coach Neil Lennon and Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal.