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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 17, 2006

Apology enough for Morgan after McCulloch punch

Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan believes Lee McCulloch's apology should be the end of a matter that left him sporting a cut and swollen right eye.

Wigan midfielder McCulloch caught centre-back Morgan with a swinging arm as they challenged for a corner in the dying moments of the match at the JJB Stadium.

Despite the defeat that followed, McCulloch was magnanimous enough to seek out Morgan within minutes of the final whistle.

When Morgan emerged, McCulloch instantly said sorry and shook the hand of the 29-year-old to show there were no hard feelings.

Morgan accepted the apology, yet the Football Association may not be so lenient as it is believed referee Peter Walton did not see the incident.

The FA's video advisory panel may take retrospective action which could see McCulloch charged with violent conduct and be suspended for the next three matches.

As far as Morgan is concerned, the case is closed as he said: 'Lee was man enough to come and knock on the door, put his arm round me and apologise.

'To be man enough to say sorry, that's enough for me. That's it. It's finished. Let's get on with it.

'We're all sportsmen. We're going to get knocks and black eyes. It is part and parcel of the game.

'I'm sure things will be made of it because from what I can gather it doesn't look too good on the television.

'But he's said sorry. I'll accept that. Not a problem. I don't see the point bleating about it.

'If I do get asked, then I'll say Lee came in and apologised.'

It was the second time in six days Morgan was whacked in the face as he was elbowed by Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel during a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane on Monday.

On that occasion the FA were unable to act retrospectively as referee Mike Halsey had seen the incident and took no action at the time.

Morgan is understood to have had words with Angel in the tunnel after the game, and it appears their feud may continue when the sides next meet at Villa Park in May.

'People are after me by the looks of things!' joked Morgan.

'But for me what happened on Monday is different. Angel never said anything, other than he thought we'll meet again.

'That's up to him if that's what he wants to do. '

At least Morgan was able to savour another victory courtesy of Rob Hulse's fifth goal of the season in the third minute of first-half injury time.

The Blades have now taken 10 points from their last four matches to leave them with 20 points from 18 games.

If they repeat such a feat in the second half of the season then manager Neil Warnock's side should avoid the drop.

'It's another fantastic three points for us,' added Morgan.

'If we can keep playing and fighting for one another as we are at the moment, then hopefully we can keep doing well.

'We know if you can string results together then it can do you the world of good, especially at this time of year.

'You want to come through Christmas and go into the new year into a good position, so hopefully we can have a good Christmas.'

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