League hands over Blades’ ‘spitting’ complaint to FA

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THE FOOTBALL Association must take charge of Sheffield United’s complaint in to the alleged spitting incident which occurred towards the end of last month’s visit to Leyton Orient, according to the Football League.

Danny Wilson, the United manager, claimed substitute Matt Phillips had been assaulted by a supporter after Kevin Lisbie scored a 96th-minute equaliser for Russell Slade’s side.

A report was subsequently passed to the FL but an official there yesterday insisted the matter can only be dealt with by their counterparts at Wembley.

A FL spokesperson said: “Because the alleged event is claimed to have effectively taken place on the field of play, it is a matter for the Football Association rather than ourselves.”

Wilson urged Orient to review security arrangements surrounding the technical area at Brisbane Road during his post-match press conference.

Phillips, on loan from Blackpool, also made reference to the affair in an interview with United’s matchday programme recently.

Earlier this week, the Londoners told The Star the “matter is being dealt with internally and we will respond to Sheffield United in due course”.

Meanwhile, Oxford manager Chris Wilder has been nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award. Wilder, a former United player and lifelong supporter of the club, brings his team to Bramall Lane later this month after the two sides were paired together in the FA Cup first round draw.

“There will be only one team I want to win,” said Wilder. “This club is moving forward and this is another chance for us to show that.