FA dish out fines to Sheff Utd, Southampton over tear up

Sheff Utd v Southampton brawl

Sheffield United and Southampton have been fined £20,000 apiece by the FA following their flare-up at Bramall Lane.

The clubs were charged for a breach of FA rule E20 after tempers boiled over late on in Saints’ 2-0 win on March 6.

The incident came in the first of three minutes added on when Blades midfielder John Fleck fouled Saints’ Che Adams.

Fleck was shown a yellow card for the challenge, checked by VAR. However, Saints’ players surrounded referee Paul Tierney demanding more serious sanctions.

In the aftermath, Blades striker Oli McBurnie and Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard were cautioned for their reactions.

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

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Adams accepts Scotland call

Adams, meanwhile, has accepted a call-up by Scotland for this month’s World Cup qualifiers with Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands.

The former England Under-20 international previously rejected an approach by the SFA to switch allegiances.

Adams has scored seven Premier League goals this season, including three in his past three matches.

Manager Steve Clarke last year declared it was up to 24-year-old to get in touch if he wanted to play for Scotland.

Adams will compete with Kevin Nisbet, McBurnie and Lyndon Dykes for a place up front. Ryan Fraser is set to resume his supporting role after missing the play-off victory over Serbia through injury.

Celtic defender Jack Hendry is in the squad after impressing on loan for Belgian side Oostende.

Manager Steve Clarke has otherwise largely kept faith with the players who qualified for Euro 2020. That means there’s no place for in-form Celtic midfielder David Turnbull. Leeds’ Liam Cooper has also been overlooked after a recent illness.