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Filed: Wednesday, 7th November 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe has confirmed that a date for a tribunal to hear a fresh claim for compensation has been set for next year.

McCabe, who has thus far spent millions in an attempt to eke compensation out of West Ham United after his team were relegated from the Premeirship last season revealed earlier today that the High Court had set a date for the hearing.

"We have regrettably gone beyond reinstatement so it's about financial compensation," he said.

"A date has been set for next year and respective clubs are now going through respective submission of claims.

"We are led by the availability of QCs and the panel, so it's more likely mid-2008 than early. It's frustrating but that's the way the law works."

McCabe also revealed that he had written recently to Eggert Magnusson - although was yet to receive a reply.

"It was a couple of months ago," he said. "Supporters often take these situations on board even deeper than others and so we, as businessmen, have a responsibility to ensure we remain on cordial terms.

"There is no reason why that can't be the case but I haven't heard anything back yet."

McCabe - whose side are currently 14th in the Football League Championship - has consistently blamed the Hammers for his team's relegation (or at least since their relegation was confirmed - there were no such complaints when a United side featuring Tevez were beaten 3-0 at Bramall Lane).

However he was later charged with hypocrisy after Sheffield United were accused of breaking the same rule over which he claimed the Hammers should have been relegated for when selling Steve Kabba to Watford.

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by tomsufc (SUFC)
11:06PM 8th Nov 2007
''I am a Sheffield United fan but I wish we would drop this whole thing with West Ham. We went down because we failed to score enough goals - simple as.''

by Fleet
06:07PM 8th Nov 2007
''Blade: The fact that it was not written into the contract does not mean that the agreement was not in place (the evidence suggests otherwise). If you believe that it does then you are incredibly naive - unless you have cast iron evidence to the contrary, of course.

'Being taken seriously'? Well we stopped taking your Chairman and his idle threats seriously six months or so ago ... so I guess it's a fair trade ...''

by s66blade (SUFC)
12:51PM 8th Nov 2007
''To be completely accurate, Sheffield United did not break any rule over Steven Kabba. Nothing was written into his contract stopping him playing against SUFC at all. I know this is a WHU site but accuracy is key to ensuring you are taken seriously.''

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