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Sheffield United forward Billy Sharp has been charged by the Football Association for his comments regarding the refereeing of the recent FA Cup meeting with Wrexham.
After the game, in which Sharp scored to help secure a 3-1 victory for the Championship side, the veteran striker didn’t hold back in his criticism of the conduct of Wrexham’s squad and even hit out at the referee of the tie.
“They are doing well in their league and we are doing well in ours, but I wasn’t happy with a few of their players there,” Sharp told ITV.
“The way they’ve been as a club before the game, eyeing up Spurs before the game – they had not even beaten us.
“They thought we would just roll over when they got back in it and I think the referee was helping them as well, I don’t think he gave me one foul all night.”
It’s those final comments about the referee which have landed Sharp in hot water, with the FA charging the 37-year-old for implying bias.
Sharp has until Tuesday, 21 February to respond to the charges.
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson voiced his disappointment towards Sharp’s comments in the immediate aftermath of the game.
“I was a bit disappointed with Billy, shouting down the tunnel,” Parkinson said. “He was disrespectful. The message to Billy is: ‘You’re better than that – our players are humble people’.”
Defender Ben Tozer also added: “He [Sharp] should show more respect to us.
“I said to him face to face ‘show a bit more humility’. We’ve congratulated them on the win. We haven’t come in sulking, we’ve walked as one down the tunnel as normal. It’s just a shame that’s the way it’s ended.
“They showed a real lack of humility. But listen that’s the way they want to be and I feel that if we’d won that game, we would have shown a lot more humility and respect.”