Sheffield United and Southampton charged over furious bust-up

Sheffield United and Southampton are charged with failing to control their players by the FA following furious bust-up involving Jannik Vestergaard, Oli McBurnie and others in added time of Saints’ victory at Bramall Lane

  • The incident was sparked when John Fleck fouled Che Adams late in the game
  • Fleck was booked after a VAR check but Saints stars weren’t happy with the card
  • Jannik Vestergaard and Oli McBurnie squared up, with others getting involved
  • Both clubs have now been charged with failing to control their players by the FA

Sheffield United and Southampton have been charged with failing to control their players after tempers flared late on in the Saints’ 2-0 win at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

The incident came in the first of three minutes added on when United’s John Fleck fouled Che Adams, the ex-Blade who was on the scoresheet in Southampton’s win.

Fleck was shown a yellow card for the challenge, checked by VAR, but Saints players surrounded referee Paul Tierney demanding more, with United’s Oli McBurnie and Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard booked for their reactions.

Jannik Vestergaard (left) is held back from Oli McBurnie (right) at Bramall Lane on Saturday

A number of Sheffield United and Southampton stars were involved in the bust-up late on

An FA statement said: ‘It is alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 90th minute and they have until Monday (15/3/21) to respond.’

Southampton eased their relegation fears with Saturday’s win over Sheffield United, having picked up just one point from their previous nine games.

Despite losing their main striker Danny Ings to injury after 13 minutes, Southampton were worthy of taking the lead after 32 minutes when Ethan Ampadu fouled the excellent Nathan Tella and James Ward-Prowse dispatched the penalty.

Vestergaard and McBurnie were booked after squaring up during Saints’ 2-0 victory

David McGoldrick missed the home side’s best chance to level before half-time, showing why the Blades are the lowest scorers in the division before Adams showed how it should be done after 49 minutes, profiteering from a botched clearance by John Lundstram.

Chris Wilder withdrew both his starting strikers, McGoldrick and Rhian Brewster who hasn’t scored at all this season following his £23million move from Liverpool, but nothing seemed to work and in the end, Southampton could have won by more.

Both clubs have now been charged with failing to control their players by the FA

Tella was denied by Aaron Ramsdale, while Takumi Minamino missed the target from six yards.

‘It was the first time for a long time we had players in the right positions and we looked a completely different side,’ said Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl after the game.

‘Che sometimes doesn’t take the easy chances but he seems to make the tough ones! It was a brilliant goal and he did well for us.’

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