Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp has come under criticism from Wrexham boss, Phil Parkinson, for comments allegedly made by the 37-year-old after the conclusion of their FA Cup Fourth Round replay.
After the full-time whistle, Sharp was said to have been “disrespectful” in the tunnel, which drew the ire of of both Parkinson and Ben Tozer. Parkinson said in his post-match press conference: “I was a bit disappointed with Billy at the end, some of the things he was shouting at the end in the tunnel.
“He’s a fantastic player but I thought he was disrespectful at the end. I think the way their players, fans and staff celebrated was a mark of how tough we made it but my message to Billy is: ‘You’re better than that.’
“My players are humble and a great credit to the football club.”
Tozer was equally unhappy, saying: “He [Sharp] should show more respect to us than telling us to shove it on the documentary.
“I said face to face to him: ‘Show more humility’. We congratulated them on the win and it’s just a shame that’s the way it ended.”
However, Sharp had reasoning behind his actions. He was unhappy with Wrexham for looking beyond Sheffield United to a potential FA Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Sheffield-born striker said to ITV: “I think they’ve been disrespectful with a few things before the game, thinking they were already through.
“I wasn’t happy with the way they’ve been as a club, before the game, eyeing up Spurs.”
Sheffield United went on to win the game 3-1, with the Blades’ goals coming through Anel Ahmedhodzic, Sharp and Sander Berge.