Sheffield United man Ben Osborn has labelled artificial fan noise at games ‘horrendous’.

The Blades are prepared for an intense mini-season when football resumes later this month.

Chris Wilder’s men have been the surprise package this season in their first campaign back in the top flight for 12 years, and are tantalisingly close to European football with 10 matches to go, as well as an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal to look forward to.

Fans will be absent from Bramall Lane for the Blades’ remaining home league fixtures though, with all games set to be played behind closed doors.

Talks continue about how best to present the remaining matches with fans locked out, with the option of pumping in fan noise an ongoing discussion point.

“I’m not a fan of that idea, I think that’s horrendous,” Osborn said.

“Wouldn’t people rather listen to shouts and listen to what footballers are saying, arguments on the pitch, than fake fan noise? I’m not for that.

“If people want to listen to it at home then fair play to them, but anything fake like that I’m not up for that.”

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