Mass Brawl erupts in the Edinburgh Derby after Hearts’ 1-1 draw with Hibernian as Lee Johnson appears to take a DIG from Steven Naismith in ugly scenes as hot water bottles are thrown from the dugout
- A mass brawl broke out after Hearts drew 1-1 with Edinburgh rivals Hibernian
- It came after Lee Johnson and Steven Naismith clashed on the sideline
- The pair had been at loggerheads throughout the game as tempers flared
Hibernian manager Lee Johnson took aim at Hearts counterpart Steven Naismith as tempers flared following a heated Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.
The pair were at loggerheads throughout as 10-man Jambos, who sent off Alex Cochrane in the first half, held on for a point to secure fourth in the Premiership cinch and prevent their City rivals from exceed them.
Johnson, whose side equalized with a free kick from Kevin Nisbet after Yutaro Oda’s opener, even had a hot water bottle thrown in his direction from the home dugout after entering the technical area Hearts to recover the ball.
After the two managers shook hands at full time, Johnson appeared to dig Naismith into the ribs with his fist, before a skirmish broke out in the center circle when Hearts underkeeper Ross Stewart pressed his elbow on the Hibs boss as he walked past him. .
Johnson, Stewart, Hearts goalkeeping coach Paul Gallacher and Hibs defender Rocky Bushiri were all shown red cards afterwards, while an investigation is likely after Hibs substitute Marijan Cabraja appeared to be hit by a Hearts fan as he tried to grab the ball for a throw. In.
️’It started with a bit of my dad being bigger than your dad’
️”I think there are a few red cards thrown on both sides”
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Hibernian were held 1-1 to a 10-man Hearts on Saturday afternoon, with heated tempers between Hibs manager Lee Johnson (pictured) and Steven Naismith
The Hearts boss (pictured) appeared to clash with Johnson after the full-time whistle sparked a mass brawl on the touchline
Asked what caused the tension, Johnson said: “I couldn’t even tell you. It was a classic ‘my dad’s bigger than your dad’ type scrimmage thing.
“It was a frustrating game in terms of the ebb and flow because there was no ebb. The loss of time was quite embarrassing at times.
“It was a case of two managers who didn’t like each other very much and that’s what started.
“I will keep the hot water bottle that was thrown at me for the winter!
“There was a bit of a needle but it happens, the technical areas are a place of passion. It’s not a problem, let’s move on.
“I’ve been a manager for so long, you see everything in the technical area. It doesn’t mean anything.”
Pressed on why there was a needle between him and Naismith, who has been in charge of Hearts since Johnson’s former team-mate Robbie Neilson was sacked in April, the Hibs boss said: “He’s played seven games as a manager and I just think the way he talks is disrespectful to the previous manager.
“We will see after 250 games if he is lucky enough to still be in charge of a club and if he still has that attitude.”
Naismith dismissed Johnson’s allegations of disrespect to Neilson.
“He fishes, I think, that’s what he does,” he said.
The 36-year-old also defended himself against Johnson’s dig for only coaching for seven games.
“I have a 15-year career at the highest level,” he said. “I’ve managed to take things from some of the best managers in Britain.
After the match, Johnson claimed Naismith (pictured) had disrespected former Hearts manager Robbie Neilson
Hearts’ Alex Cochrane was sent off in the first half, his second red this month
“I’ve been in a role for the last two years under arguably the best manager in Scotland (Steve Clarke) for a long time.
“I’m not naive to think I know everything, but what I did was my duty. I had two good years of good training.”
Asked about the post-match surge, Naismith – whose side are guaranteed a place in the Europa Conference League next season – said: “I’m not sure to be honest, I was shaking hands and I was coming out of there, I was I don’t get involved in anything.
“I know these situations can turn into things, especially in an emotional derby, but I was just buzzing to get the result and enjoy it with the fans.”