Sheffield United Shoot Themselves In The Foot

Last updated : 17 June 2007 By Barney French
The furore surrounding 'Tevez-gate' has been continuously stoked by the quasi-religious bleatings of Sheffield United Chairman McCabe, supposedly from his white tower based somewhere on the Moral Highground.

At least that is what he would make us believe.

The truth however is that, despite his 'campaign for justice' and demands for 'fairness in football' it appears his own club could be guilty of the very same crime as West Ham United.

This relates to the part of Tevez's contract which would allow Joorabchian to effectively buy Tevez out of his loan for the sum of £2million and move him on to the club of his choice.

This clause was objected to as it was believed to allow the potential for third party influence on a football club. In this instance the influence of Joorabchian on the dealings and decisions of West Ham United FC.

When Steve Kabba went from Sheffield United to Watford, it was on the previso that Kabba would not line up to face his old club. This - like the alleged agreement between Everton and Man United over the transfer of goalkeeper Tim Howard - has a similar potential for third party influence.

McCabe, who has remained vigorously confident of the Blades' reinstatement to the Premier League throughout the Tevez Affair, was surprisingly non-commital when the subject of Kabba's transfer was raised on skysports news today.

I wonder why.