It’s never an easy life being a Sheffield United fan, is it?
Just when the club appears to be cruising towards promotion and preparing for a home clash with Hull which could open up a 14 point gap to third, news of a transfer embargo emerged late last night.
It’s been claimed by the EFL that United have failed to pay a certain amount of money under a certain agreement for a player transfer. Quite who that player is and how much is owed, is unknown so far.
Of course, with such news comes big questions. Will be forced to sell? Will the takeover be affected? And will we be hit further than just a simple embargo on bringing players in.
Well, the Sheffield Star has done as good a job as anyone as explaining the situation.
Sheffield United points deduction unlikely
In goods news for the club and players, The Star reports that it’s highly unlikely any sort of points deduction will be coming United’s way. They write on the subject:
“It’s never happened before in terms of this sort of situation but it’s an understandable worry for Blades fans, considering their team’s place in the league. But it’s understood that in this instance, embargoes are the go-to ‘punishment’ rather than any on-field sanction such as points deductions – which are usually reserved for breaches of profit and sustainability rules.”
In a nutshell, then, it looks like as long as United get their house in order here, then there’s nothing to worry about.
Whether or not this causes any sort of friction between the prospective new owner and Prince Abdullah remains to be seen. There can be times when situations like this arise and sometimes, it can delay the process.
Blades fans will be hoping this is all a bit of nothing. Hopefully, we make the payment owed, the takeover progresses nicely, and Heckingbottom is allowed to go about his business as usual.