The paper calculates that’s the price Sheffield United have missed out on since relegation from Premier League involvement.
However United fans don’t see it like that. When I asked leading Blades fan Martin Fox from about Tevez he replied: “I can’t remember the last time I thought about the issue, never mind talked about it.
It’s simply not something you tend to hear around the ground or on the message boards. We went down due to our own inability to secure enough points and due to a classic Sheffield United capitulation in snatching the worst possible outcome against the odds.
Make no mistake, survival was firmly in our own hands.This doesn’t change the fact that one side involved in the survival race broke the rules and continued to lie about breaking the rules.
I firmly believe if that Premier League had dealt with the issue as they should, instead of incompetently skirting around the issue, the Hammers would have been relegated.
I’d think the same, had it been Wigan relegated that day.The very fact we eventually ended up with a settlement and what happened the minute someone else wanted to sign Tevez confirm the validity of our complaint.
My main annoyance was with Richard Scudamore (and therefore the Premier League), those in charge of the Hammers at the time and the others, who to this day, still spout rubbish about the situation.
I personally have no bad feelings towards Carlos Tevez himself, he’s a talented player who was simply doing his job. Don’t get me wrong, it’ll certainly add spice to the fixture and I’m sure fans of both clubs will be desperate to get one over on the other, but my main dislike is merely the blinkered views that some still persist in.
We’ve even had Big Sam tAllardyce his week quoted as saying “I’m not so sure how guilty Sheffield United were on it”, it’s as if the side found irrefutably to have been breaking the rules was actually us.”