Barnsley are prepared to launch legal action against Sheffield United defender Chris Morgan following his clash with Iain Hume.

The Blades centre-half was involved in a nasty collision with the Tykes striker during a Championship contest at Oakwell on 8th November.

The incident left Hume with a fractured skull, putting his life and professional career in danger.

However, the Football Association cleared Morgan of any wrongdoing on Tuesday and will not be disciplining the defender further.

Barnsley have been left aghast by the FA's refusal to deem Morgan's behaviour as violent and have revealed that they will now be investigating legal proceedings outside of football circles.

"Barnsley Football club is extremely disappointed and concerned that the FA has failed to take any action regarding the violent conduct of Chris Morgan which left Iain Hume requiring emergency hospital treatment for a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain," read a statement on the club's official website.

"The decision by the FA to disconnect a violent act from its consequences runs contrary to the principles of civil and criminal law.

"It reflects badly on football that the only action which the FA has thought fit was to charge Barnsley Football Club's manager (Simon Davey) with misconduct in relation to alleged verbal abuse towards a match official whilst violent conduct has gone unpunished.

"The FA's failure to act has let Iain Hume down badly and the only option now remaining is for recourse outside of the normal football processes."
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