Sheffield Utd and Sheffield Wednesday fans fume over what Graeme Souness did during the Premier League clash between the Blades and Chelsea.
Chris Wilder’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Thomas Tuchel’s Blues on Sunday night thanks to a Mason Mount strike and Jorginho penalty to settle an incident-packed contest at Bramall Lane.
Antonio Rudiger’s own goal gifted Sheffield United an equaliser but parity lasted just four minutes; Chelsea climbed to fifth in the Premier League table, a point outside the top four, whilst the Blades stay bottom.
However the former Liverpool player turned pundit has left a group of viewers reeling online when discussing the game.
Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday fans hardly agree especially being rivals, however when it comes to people calling either club ‘Sheffield’ they are in unison.
So when the pundit referred to the Blades as just ‘Sheffield’ during the half-time break on Sunday, supporters from both clubs made their feelings known on the matter, hitting out big time.
Graeme Souness was being asked about how Wilder’s men might be able to hit back in the second half, the Scot made the ill-advised remark which led to a backlash from both Sheffield Utd and Wednesday fans.
United fans were quick to point out his error and made it clear how they felt to have the two clubs grouped together.
@GCB_app: We’re called Sheffield United not Sheffield @SkySportsPL
@JohnnyFaz90: GRAEME SOUNESS ITS SHEFFIELD UNITED NOT ‘SHEFFIELD’ #skysports @SkySports #SHUCHE
@simon_binns: @SkySports everytime Souness calls us ‘Sheffield’, you should donate a fee to @sheffieldfc
@stubbsrobbie: Souness calling us sheffield, in the bin
@robforrester16: Pundits and fans of other clubs calling Sheffield United ‘Sheffield’ drives me mad. You never hear them calling Man United or Man City just Manchester. Souness does it every time we play.
@johndales3: Getting fed up of Graham Souness referring to us Sheffield. We are SHEFFIELD UNITED Graham!!!!!
@Crixus_Hunter94: Dear.. Graeme souness, ITS SHEFFIELD UNITED. UNITED. NOT SHEFFIELD. SHEFFIELD UNITED. ugh. Please respect the club. Imagine calling man u or man city “manchester” So frustrating
Owls fans also joined in on Twitter, taking aim at Souness and questioning why he would make reference to Sheffield FC in a tongue-in-cheek response to the mistake.
@O22IE_OWL: Does Graeme Souness do it on purpose now? Roy Keane, makes the differentiation! #Sheffield Nice of him to mention you though @sheffieldfc
@AndrewMichaelJ5: Souness is saying just Sheffield,tu ,tu ,
@AndyLow47525423: @MicahRichards @SkyBetChamp @SkySportsPL Micah can you please tell Souness that there are 2 professional teams in Sheffield, Sheffield Wednesday & Sheffield United. Sheffield as Souness keeps referring to United as are in fact a non league team….!! @swfc @sufc
@ianxwiles: If Graeme Souness calls then “Sheffield” one more time……
@OrthoMafia: @SkySports please ask souness to stop staying Sheffield, it’s disparaging to both clubs. He doesn’t refer to Chelsea as London or Everton as Liverpool!
@MattSurgeon1: Can someone tell Souness it’s not Sheffield.. Sheffield are @sheffieldfc the oldest football club in the world..
@wazzaowl: @SkySportsPL can you tell souness that Sheffield has 2 football teams. Sheffield United & Sheffield Wednesday
@ForeverAYellow: No wonder fans are annoyed, it really isn’t hard to just say Sheffield Utd or Sheffield Wednesday, come on Graeme Souness get it right
Before the game, non league club Sheffield FC tweeted after they were mentioned in a prediction tweet instead of Sheffield United…
— Sheffield Football Club (@sheffieldfc) February 7, 2021
Sheffield United: Ramsdale (5), Basham (6), Egan (6), Bryan (5), Bogle (6), Lundstram (6), Norwood (6), Fleck (6), Lowe (5), Burke (6), McBurnie (5).
Subs: Sharp (5), McGoldrick (5), Brewster (n/a).
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Azpilicueta (6), Rudiger (7), Christensen (6), James (6), Jorginho (7), Kovacic (6), Chilwell (5), Mount (7), Werner (8), Giroud (5).
Subs: Alonso (5), Kante (5), Hudson-Odoi (5).
Man of the Match: Timo Werner
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder: “They were huge opportunities we had and we have to take them at this level. I don’t want a pat on the back for having a go, my team is always up against it in an incredibly tough division we are playing in.
“You are up against Chelsea with the quality they have got and can all upon form their bench. We are fighting and punching, and we will keep that belief from now until the end of the season.
“We had 38 cup finals last year, for the players to keep going with a quick turnaround into this year, it makes it even tougher. I don’t see a team that has just accepted what people are saying about them, there are still 15 games to go but I do believe.
“We have played Man City, Chelsea, Man United in three of the last four games, thankfully they are gone. No disrespect to the other teams we are going to play, and I hope they will be closer to get some results on the board. Whether it will be enough I don’t know.”
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel: “We arrive in February in Sheffield, you know what’s waiting for you, it feels like a cup game when you arrive here, against a team that are full of energy and very direct and physical you have to accept that not all moments are easy in the game.
“We stayed positive all the time with some difficult moments to overcome. We deserved the win in general, I’m happy with that and from that you build confidence and it’s always easier to proceed.
“The first 15 minutes were difficult to overcome because they started with a lot of courage, but we had some moments where we could control the game in the middle, where we found the solution under pressure.
“When Timo plays like this we are happy, it was a big step forward. He won the decisive pen against Spurs and tonight, for the first goal it was an amazing run and assist. The goals will come if he carries on like this.”
It seems to be there Sky employees love making mistakes of late. Both Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson were getting player names wrong on Soccer Saturday.
Merse has been hilariously trolled by Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin for the pronunciation of his surname incorrect.
The winger noticed that Merse had been calling the Frenchman ‘Sam Maximus’ all afternoon on Sky Sports.
🗣 “They’re looking for Saint Maximus.”
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 7, 2021
“Congrats to our new players @Joewillock and Sam Maximus for their game! @PaulMerse told me that you did well guys” he tweeted.
Paul Merson saw that he was tagged in the Premier League player’s tweet and replied back to him before too long.
He said: “Apologies mate .. well played to both of you today ”