FA charge Chris Wilder over sandwich-eating rant after Palace defeat

Chris Wilder’s remarks following Sheffield United’s 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace last month have sparked a charge of improper conduct from the FA. Wilder criticised Tony Harrington’s officiating, labeling it as “ridiculous,” and alleging that the assistant referee showed disrespect by eating a sandwich during their discussion.

“It’s yet again another ridiculous performance from the referee,” Wilder said in an interview with SUTV.

“I was told by a Premier League referee, who I’ve known for a long time and who’s as honest as the day is long. He said every 50-50 decision will go against you.”

Wilder has been given until Friday, February 16, to provide a response to the charge.

The FA have charged Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder for his remarks concerning referee Tony Harrington following his team’s 3-2 loss against Crystal Palace last month. Wilder expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of officiating during the game, where despite taking the lead twice, Sheffield United ultimately succumbed to defeat.

Wilder also expressed discontent with the assistant referee eating a sandwich during their conversation, remarking on the matter,

United are currently grappling with relegation from the Premier League, occupying the bottom of the table with a mere 13 points. Their upcoming fixture is a home clash against Brighton scheduled for Sunday, February 18. After picking up their first away win last weekend, they’ll hope to continue that momentum into this weekend.