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Blades confirm court appeal
06 Jul 2007 - 07:24:50
Sheffield United could potentially seek up to £50million in compensation when they go to the High Court to appeal against their relegation from the Premier League.
The move follows an arbitration panel's decision this week to uphold the verdict not to dock West Ham points over the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano last summer.
The Hammers were fined £5.5million for breaching league rules when they signed the Argentine pair.
The Blades launched an immediate appeal when they were relegated on the final day of last season and are set to challenge the latest decision by the arbitration panel at the High Court on July 13.
The Bramall Lane club are set to claim the arbitration panel made an "error in law" by not ordering a new disciplinary commission to deal with the Hammers for breaching league rules.
"We are going to the High Court to appeal, and that date is July 13," confirmed Blades plc 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.
"If you say that the (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."