Barnsley manager Simon Davey has accused referee Andy D'Urso of failing to protect Iain Hume, who fractured his skull in Saturday's explosive derby with Sheffield United

Canada international Hume has undergone emergency surgery and is being monitored in a hospital high dependency unit following a challenge from Blades skipper Chris Morgan during the visitors' 2-1 win at Oakwell.

Davey said: "Iain received no protection whatsoever from the referee on Saturday despite him telling Andy D'Urso about repeated use of the elbow and it sickens me just thinking about it. He could have died.

"Our thoughts are with Iain at this time and we all wish him a very speedy recovery from what is a horrendous injury.

"There is no timescale regarding when he will be fit enough to return, but he is in a stable condition.

"The decision not to show a red card was an absolute disgrace."

Davey added: "Both (assistant manager) Ryan (Kidd) and I expressed our concerns at the treatment Iain had received through elbow challenges at half-time, but the referee made light of the situation and thought we were making too much of an issue that he had dealt with by showing only a yellow card.

"Iain is now in hospital with a fractured skull because of that challenge that seemingly warranted only a yellow card from Andy D'Urso.

"It beggars belief that you send a manager to the stand when a referee's assistant makes a decision from 70 yards down the pitch; yet a challenge like this seen from 15 yards away, which ends with Iain suffering a fractured skull, goes virtually unpunished."

The Blades have responded to news of Hume's injury in an official club statement, which read: "Sheffield United are saddened and concerned to hear that Barnsley striker Iain Hume is being monitored in a high dependency unit following last Saturday's fixture and we wish him a speedy and full recovery."
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