Sheffield United manager accepts FA charges after sandwich rant

Following his team’s Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace last month, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been fined £11,500 for remarks directed at match officials. Wilder expressed discontent with the officiating during the 3-2 loss, suggesting in his post-match comments that decisions were biased against his football club.

Additionally, Chris Wilder criticised a referee’s assistant for perceived disrespect, noting that the individual continued to eat a sandwich while Wilder attempted to converse with referee Tony Harrington after the game.

According to an FA statement, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has accepted his charge, and an independent regulatory commission has levied the fine.

Wilder’s frustration stemmed from his goalkeeper, Ivo Grbic, being sidelined with a concussion following a collision with Crystal Palace’s Jean-Philippe Mateta, who did not receive a yellow card.

“It’s yet another ridiculous performance from the referee. I was told by a Premier League referee, who’s as honest as the day is long, ‘Get ready, because every tight decision will go against you, every 50-50 will go against you,” Wilder expressed post-match.

Grbic has not featured for Sheffield United since receiving an elbow to his head in the Palace game, his replacement Wes Foderingham has conceded 11 goals in three games since returning as the starting goalkeeper.

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