Sheffield Utd take fight to High Court- 6 Jul 2007 00:00:00
Despite an arbitration panel ruling against its appeal, Sheffield United is to take its fight against the club’s relegation from the FA Premier League to the High Court.
An arbitration panel ruled earlier this week that the FA Premier League did nothing wrong in only fining West Ham £5.5m for a breach of transfer regulations as opposed to additionally docking the club points.
Sheffield United, who were relegated from the top-flight while West Ham retained their FA Premier League status, have long maintained that their rivals should have been docked points and consequently relegated in their place due to the handling of the transfers of Argentine duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
Despite the arbitration panel’s decision, Sheffield United is refusing to give up its fight and has now secured a date for its case to be heard at the High Court.
‘We are going to the High Court to appeal, and that date is 13 July,’ confirmed Blades chairman Kevin McCabe.
‘I still believe Sheffield United have a legal case that can now be taken from what I loosely term the sporting courts to the commercial courts. Where that will take us I really don't know.’
The Blades are set to claim the arbitration panel made an "error in law" by not ordering a new disciplinary commission to deal with the affair.
McCabe has accepted the club will not be reinstated to the Premier League he is looking for up to £50m in compensation.
‘I think anyone who looks at it and says one club has been wronged then the only recourse to make that wrong right is financial.
‘If you say that the Championship play-off game is worth £60m and Sheffield United's attendance last year was 31,000, with full hospitality boxes and restaurants and broadcasting income, you would say compensation is around £50m.’