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Sheffield Utd boss Wilder fined for ref sandwich comment

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Sheffield Utd boss Wilder fined for ref sandwich comment

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been fined £11,500 for the way he spoke about a referee.

Wilder was furious when his team lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League last month.

He launched into a tirade against the referee Tony Harrington and his display on the night.

Speaking after the match, Wilder said: “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’.

“But I’m not just going to go under the radar and not say anything. I’ve been to see the referee and I’ve told him that. One of his assistants was eating a sandwich at the time, which I thought was a complete lack of respect. Hopefully he enjoyed his sandwich while he was talking to a Premier League manager.

“Their boy takes our keeper out, we had to change keepers. It makes no odds if it’s an accident or not, it’s a yellow card. Every tight decision goes against us.

In a statement, the FA confirmed: “Chris Wilder has been fined £11,500 for media comments that came after Sheffield United’s game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday 30 January.

“It was alleged that the manager’s comments constitute improper conduct in that they imply bias and/or bring the game into disrepute. Chris Wilder accepted this charge, and an independent Regulatory Commission imposed his fine following a hearing.”

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