Mixu voices fears over stewarding

08 May 2009 07:44
Several supporters ran on to the pitch at Tynecastle as Riordan and his team-mates celebrated in front of home fans in the Wheatfield Stand following his 79th-minute goal.[LNB]The 1-0 win by an under-strength Hibernian team was overshadowed by the incident, which saw Hibs players confronted by supporters. Hibs defender Ian Murray was also struck by a coin in the aftermath of the goal.[LNB]Paatelainen said: "I must say I felt there was quite a small number of stewards on that far side. I was surprised by that, knowing it is a derby match and a volatile atmosphere.[LNB]"It's disappointing to see that happening, player safety is the most important thing. Thankfully it was put under control very quickly."[LNB]Paatelainen added: "I wasn't really worried. I always trust that our players are a bit quicker and fitter than their supporters. Maybe not braver."[LNB]The Finn also laughed off the incident which saw Murray struck by a missile.[LNB]"He's fine - the coin is in his pocket now, knowing him," Paatelainen said.[LNB]The Hibs manager had earlier sought action from a police officer over abuse from supporters behind his dugout.[LNB]"I felt on the right-hand side of the dugout there was no steward there and every time I went to that side I got quite a mouthful," Paatelainen said.[LNB]"I felt, just in case, just to avoid things happening, I wanted to make sure the situation was calm."[LNB]Hearts vowed to take action against any supporter who is found guilty in connection with the incident.[LNB]Managing director Campbell Ogilivie said: "The club will fully investigate the incident and will take the necessary action against any supporter found guilty of an offence. "This type of irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated."[LNB]Paatelainen was delighted with his side's victory amid the absence of a full team of players, including suspended centre-backs Rob Jones, Chris Hogg and Sol Bamba.[LNB]"It was a sweet one, because we were totally up against it," he added. "The team performance was fantastic."[LNB]Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo felt his team had underestimated Hibs given their selection problems.[LNB]"I must say sorry to the fans - this was the worst performance of the season from my team," he said.[LNB]Lothian and Borders Police said two males were arrested at the match. Both are due to appear in court on Friday.[LNB]A police spokesman added that 15 supporters were ejected, 10 by stewards and five by police officers, for "minor behavioural issues".[LNB][LNB]

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