Wilder on “passionate” clash between Sheffield United players

During their 1-0 loss to Wolves on Sunday, tensions escalated between Sheffield United teammates Jack Robinson and Vinicius Souza, prompting officials and players to intervene and separate them.

The altercation led to a review by the video assistant referee for a potential red card, although ultimately no disciplinary action was taken.

Following Wolves forward Pablo Sarabia’s decisive header, tensions rose between Souza and Robinson, culminating in an exchange of words before play resumed. Souza was seen pushing his teammate in the face. Despite the incident, both players will not face repercussions from the club.

While not reaching the magnitude of Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer’s infamous altercation during their time at Newcastle in 2005, nor the physical altercation between Blackburn teammates Graeme Le Saux and David Batty a decade prior, the incident between Souza and Robinson still garnered attention.

In spite of the incident, Sheffield United delivered a decent performance and on another day would have found the back of the net on more than one occasion.

After the game Blades boss Chris Wilder reacted to his team’s performance, along with the bust-up between his own players.

“We played well and in that situation you must come away with something,” he told SUTV.

On the ‘handbags’ incident: “It is a passionate game. We don’t want to see that every week but if it takes something like that to get them going, I’m happy. That happens at every club up and down the country three or four times a year.”

Adding to Wilder’s frustration was the fact that Wolves narrowly escaped defeat despite Sheffield United’s inability to capitalize on their numerous opportunities, with Rhian Brewster and James McAtee notably failing to convert chances.

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