MPs rally to Hume cause

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Three more MPs have backed Eric Illsley's calls for the Football Association to review its decision not to punish Chris Morgan for the challenge that left Barnsley's Iain Hume with a fractured skull.

Barnsley central MP Eric Illsley tabled his parliamentary EDM last Friday and Mike Hancock, Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South, Nick Palmer, Labour MP for Broxtowe and Ann Cryer, Labour MP for Keighley have signed it.

Sheffield United defender Morgan was booked for elbowing Barnsley striker Hume in the side of the head during the derby clash at Oakwell on 8 November.

Canada international Hume also suffered internal bleeding and spent 24 hours in a hospital high dependency unit after having emergency surgery the following day when his condition had deteriorated.

The FA later decided not to punish Morgan further, concluding they could "only bring additional charges in the most exceptional cases and only if it can be proved beyond doubt that the actions of a player were a deliberate attempt to injure an opponent".

Illsley said: "I'm aware of the FA statement and I disagree with it.

"There are two aspects here, which are the FA's respect agenda and whether or not the actions of Chris Morgan were deliberate.

"The club are making further representations and what legal avenues are open to them, but my call is for the FA to look at it again."

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