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 worthy of 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 in the Championship.
Stuart Atwell’s performances for the Reading v Watford and the Nottingham Forest v Derby County games were very much questionable.
In the Reading v 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 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 amount of time as they look to race clear of the relegation zone.