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MPs in call to FA.

A GROUP of 15 MPs have called on the Football Association to abandon their Respect campaign following the governing body's decision not to punish Sheffield United skipper Chris Morgan for the challenge which left Barnsley's Iain Hume with a fractured skull.

Respect was launched in August to address poor behaviour towards referees, but a growing number of MPs want the campaign scrapped unless Morgan is punished for elbowing Hume in the side of the head during a local derby match at Oakwell in November. Morgan was booked by referee Andy D'Urso but escaped any further penalty and Emily Thornberry, Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, is the latest to back Barnsley central MP Eric Illsley's Early Day Motion calling for the FA to review their decision.

Canada international Hume underwent emergency surgery and spent 24 hours in a Manchester hospital's high dependency unit as a result of Morgan's challenge and has only recently returned to noncontact training.

The FA decided not to punish Morgan further.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 10, 2009
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