Sheffield United could be made to wait to find out their fate at the end of the season, with UEFA remaining unclear on when a decision will be made over Manchester City.
City have appealed a two-year ban imposed by UEFA which sees them excluded from European competition. With the Court of Arbitration for Sport tasked with making a decision, City face an anxious wait.
Of course, the ban for the Premier League champions means fifth place could now qualify for the Champions League. Furthermore, with Pep Guardiola’s men winning the League Cup, a further place could be available when it comes to European qualification.
However, UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has said he is unsure what will happen and when.
“Hard to say,” Ceferin told Sky Sports.
“As much as I heard, it’s a big file and I would have to ask our lawyers about the usual time of the decision. It’s really impossible to say.”
With United sitting eighth in the Premier League table, a UEFA Cup spot remains a distinct possibility. Indeed, the Blades are only five points off the last Champions League place. Chelsea, who are still to visit Bramall Lane, currently occupy that position.
However, Ceferin’s update could well delay things for the Blades if they do indeed manage to snatch a European spot come May.
Nothing Chris Wilder will be worrying about
While it’s interesting to hear this news from UEFA, it won’t make a jot of difference to Chris Wilder and his team.
The focus is, as usual, on the next game and simply adding more points to the total. Wilder has insisted that is the case all season and Ceferin’s update won’t change that one bit.
Of course, if the Blades do qualify it will be a monumental achievement. The United supporters will be desperate for their team to finish strong while also getting a helping hand from the powers that be in the courts.