FA let someone else clean up the mess
Chris Morgan, the Sheffield United defender who put Barnsley’s Iain Hume in hospital with a fractured skull, has escaped further censure for the incident. Morgan’s flying elbow left Hume fighting for his life but the FA says it cannot take any action.
An FA spokesman said: “The FA has been given express direction from Fifa that we cannot upgrade yellow cards to red. On that basis, we can only bring additional charges in the most exceptional cases and only if it can be proved beyond doubt that the actions of a player were a deliberate attempt to injure an opponent. Having reviewed all available evidence in this case, including submissions made by Barnsley, there is no basis on which an additional charge could be brought.”
Barnsley are understandably feeling let down by the decision – Hume was back in hospital this week after contracting an infection – and are considering pursuing the matter through the courts. The FA made an exception to its rule when Ben Thatcher nearly killed Pedro Mendes in 2006, so how is this different?