Sheffield United and Southampton hit with £20,000 fine for failing to control players after melee

Sheffield United have been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players during their defeat at home to Southampton earier this month.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:00 pm
Players including Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard and Sheffield United's striker Oli McBurnieget involved in a melee (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Southampton were also hit with the charge after a late melee, which both clubs admitted, and were also fined the same amount.

The game's flashpoint came when John Fleck was booked for fouling his former Bramall Lane - and possible future Scotland - teammate Che Adams.

The incident was checked by VAR, with Southampton's players demanding a red card as they surrounded referee Paul Tierney.

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Oli McBurnie got involved and had a few words with Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard. Both were booked.

An FA statement said: “Sheffield United FC and Southampton FC have been fined £20,000 for a breach of FA Rule E20 that occurred during their Premier League fixture on Saturday 6 March 2021.

“Both clubs admitted failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 90th minute and accepted the standard penalty.”