Southampton hit with FA charge ahead of Brighton clash

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

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:22 pm
Tempers flared during Southampton's victory at Sheffield United
Tempers flared during Southampton's victory at Sheffield United

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.

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 to respond.”

Meanwhile, Sky Bet Championship Middlesbrough have been hit with a similar charge following their 2-1 defeat at Swansea on Saturday.

Boro, who had earlier seen a Marc Bola goal controversially ruled out, lost to a penalty awarded by referee Gavin Ward seven minutes into stoppage time, prompting frayed tempers on the final whistle.

An FA statement said: “Middlesbrough FC allegedly failed to ensure that its players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion after the final whistle, and the club has until Monday (15/3/21) to provide a response.”