Blades hope for £50m compo from courts
Sheffield United could ask for a £50million pay-off if they are successful in a High Court bid to claim compensation after relegation from the Premier League. The South Yorkshire club are claiming an arbitration panel made an 'error in law' by not ordering a new disciplinary commission to deal with West Ham for breaching league rules when they signed Carlos Tevez. United, relegated from the top flight on the final day of last season, believe the Hammers should have been docked points for breaching league rules on third-party agreements. Earlier this week an arbitration panel dismissed the Blades' claim - but at the same time said West Ham should have been docked points. The three-man tribunal refused to order a new disciplinary hearing, however, because they said the original decision to fine the Hammers £5.5million could not be judged 'perverse or irrational'. However, United chairman Kevin McCabe reports the fight is not yet over, with a date now set for the High Court. 'We are going to the High Court to appeal, and that date is July 13,' Kevin McCabe told BBC Radio Sheffield. '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.' With little hope of being reinstated to the Premier League, financial recompense is what McCabe appears to be looking for. 'Common sense overtakes integrity, and we are now working as a Championship team,' he told Sky Sports News. '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 (Coca-Cola Championship) play-off game is worth £60million and Sheffield United's attendance last year was 31,000, and had full (hospitality) boxes and restaurants and broadcasting income you would say it [compensation] is around £50million.'