There appeared to be scant contact between the pair, but referee Brian Colvin adjudged Hill to have head-butted Hamill and red carded the defender.
Raith have confirmed they will appeal against the dismissal and, in a more considered statement, insisted the move was in no way a criticism of the referee. "Raith Rovers have today lodged an appeal . . ." it read. "In so doing, we wish to make it clear we are making no criticism whatsoever of referee Brian Colvin. The Scottish FA will review the incident under the terms of its Judicial Panel Protocol, and pending the outcome, Dougie remains available for selection."
However, Hill had already taken to Twitter to express his outrage, and was brutal in his assessment of Hamill, who scored a penalty kick in normal time to bring the scores level at 1-1. On the social networking site, Hill wrote: "Never touched him. If anything it was him who tried to make contact. Embarrassing from him." In another tweet, which the player has since deleted, Hill decried the decision as one of the worst he had ever been on the end of in his career, before using a hashtag to brand Hamill a "cheat". It is understood the SFA are aware of Hill's comments.
Following the game, Grant Murray, the Raith Rovers manager, expressed his sympathy for Hill, insisting that the incident "was not a sending off" after watching the video evidence. However, Murray's counterpart, and former Tynecastle teammate, Gary Locke leapt to the defence of Hamill, insisting his combative midfielder is anything but a cheat.
Locke said: "He is not that type of player. Hamill is probably as honest a player as we've got. He gives us everything. It's difficult for me to comment because I am miles away from the incident, but the referee has chosen to send the boy off."