Morgan charged over Van Persie 'punch'

January 4, 2007

Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan has been found guilty of violent conduct and banned for three games by the Football Association.

Morgan was charged after appearing to punch Robin van Persie in the Blades' victory against Arsenal on December 30.

He denied the charge today but a disciplinary commission decided to suspend the defender.

An FA statement said: 'Referee Lee Mason confirmed to the FA that he did not see the incident but would have shown Morgan a red card for violent conduct if he had seen it.'

Sheffield United plc chairman Kevin McCabe is 'furious' that club captain Chris Morgan has been charged by the Football Association with violent conduct.

McCabe is angry that the Blades skipper has been charged - especially after Morgan's sportsmanlike attitude to recent incidents when he was on the receiving end of questionable challenges by Aston Villa's Juan Pablo Angel and Wigan's Lee McCulloch.

McCabe told the Sheffield Star: 'This really makes no sense to me whatsoever.

'I was furious when I heard the news.

'Chris was clearly caught by Angel, everyone could see it, and they (the FA) do nothing. I know there are systems to follow but if they don't do anything about that how can they do this?

'He was a model of restraint after those two things happened.

'I don't usually like to get involved in the football side of things but I'm more than happy to make an exception in this case.'