Sheffield United have started legal action to gain compensation from West Ham following their relegation from the Premier League.
The Blades went down after the League’s independent panel decided not to deduct West Ham points over the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano last August. Sheffield have estimated the cost of their relegation at between £30M-£50M.
We cannot believe Sheffield United are still going on about this. Perhaps the real reason they were relegated was more to do with not gaining enough points to stay in the Premiership than anything West Ham did to them.
Have the Sheffield board considered this possibility? Or is it all West Ham’s fault that they didn’t garner enough points to stay up? — sounds like their Board thinks it’s the latter.
We think this is quite ridiculous on the part of Sheffield United — and they are certainly coming across as sore losers. Sheffield are after West Ham’s agreement to go to arbitration through the FA in order to settle their claim (We bet they are).
A Sheffield spokesman told the BBC yesterday:
“After consideration and discussion with our legal advisers Sheffield United are today initiating legal proceedings against West Ham United.”
“We are seeking substantial compensation for our relegation from the Premier League.”
“This action is distinct from the arbitration proceedings between the club and the Premier League during the close season.”
“We have always said that we will do everything in our power to secure justice for Sheffield United and restore the integrity of English football which has been tarnished by this affair.”
“Once proceedings have been issued we will await a response from West Ham before making any further statements.”
The Blades recently failed in their High Court bid to force the Premier League to take disciplinary action against West Ham.
We think it’s time for Sheffield to give up the ghost on this one – and concentrate on getting United promoted back to the Premier League. Their time would be better spent on this, rather than seizing on a dubious opportunist play that could enrich them with â‚¤30M — â‚¤50M but with about a 1% chance of success. They are acting like the complete victims — as in it’s all somebody else’s fault.
We wonder if the other relegated clubs think they deserve that amount for not getting enough points to stay up in the Premiership? We think they have too much class to join Sheffield on this one — and far too much sense.