Sheffield United’s Captain Chris Morgan may be in a bit of bother as he his reckless challenge on Iain Hume has left the striker with a fractured skull and internal bleeding. Barnsley are consulting their lawyers and considering legal action. Hume, 25, has just recently been moved out of a high dependency unit in hospital after undergoing a very serious operation.
Morgan was only initially booked for the challenge but replays show a clear indication that the Sheffield United defender forcefully used an elbow whilst challenging for a header with Hume. This caused an angry reaction from Barnsley’s manager Simon Davey as he deemed the incident as a straight red card.
Referee Andy D’Urso has been heavily criticised, Davey and assistant Ryan Kidd approached him at half time over Hume’s treatment by the Blades. D’Urso was a Premier League verified referee and this display adds to the poor refereeing currently been had in the Championship.
Stuart Atwell’s performances for the Reading-Watford and the Nottingham Forest- Derby County game were very much questionable. In the Reading-Watford game, he gave a goal that clearly went a yard wide and gave a poor penalty decision at the end of the Nigel Clough Trophy game.
We can only hope the ex-Leicester City man can make a full speedy recovery to this horrid, unusual injury. The Blades have sent their sympathy, they are known to be ‘saddened’ and ‘concerned’ regarding Hume being monitored in a high dependency unit. They are clearly disgruntled and the threat of legal action hovering over the club and Morgan is certainly worrying.
United sit in a healthy position of fourth position and if the League hands further punishment to Morgan they would lose one of their stronger players. As for Barnsley, they will be missing a vital striker for a significant about of time as they look to race clear of the relegation zone.
Do you think Chris Morgan should be banned for his challenge on Iain Hume or are serious injuries part and parcel of a football game?