BARNSLEY'S 'fight for justice' against Sheffield United and Chris Morgan will soon be heard at the Football Association and the House of Commons.

Manager Simon Davey is taking video footage of Morgan's controversial challenge on Iain Hume to Soho Square as part of his appeal against a misconduct charge.

Barnsley MP Eric Illsley has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for the FA to review their decision to take no action against Morgan.

Striker Hume was left with a fractured skull as a result of the challenge and is locked in a fight to save his football career.

Davey, who was charged with misconduct after being sent to the stands for complaining about a late penalty, said: "My side of the story is that I lost my rag for 10 to 15 seconds over a penalty decision – but everyone knows why I lost my rag.

"I have admitted what I said but I feel there were mitigating circumstances. I will be showing them some video evidence as well. A lot of decisions seemed to be going against us for certain reasons and that is what lit the touchpaper."

Illsley's motion calls on the FA to review their decision and "either to take action against what can only be described as violent conduct or to abandon once and for all its so-called 'Respect Agenda' in view of the lack of protection given to Iain Hume and the complete failure of football's governing body to deal properly with this issue."

Barnsley's home game against Reading marks the start of a 'tough month', according to Davey. "Reading, Swansea, Wolves, Plymouth, Burnley and Preston – they are all teams who are doing very well in the division," he said.

"If we have an excellent month, we could end up near the top, if we have an indifferent one we might end up down the bottom. But no one likes coming to Barnsley, it is a difficult place to come and get a result and we will relish the opportunity to face top teams."

Yorkshire Post 6th December 2008
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