Premier League club confirm another points deduction as Manchester United watch on

The bottom-placed Premier League team, Sheffield United, will be affected by the points deduction the next time they play in the Football League.

The Blades, who are presently ranked 20th in the standings, are strong favorites to win the Championship right away. The South Yorkshire team received a two-point penalty from the EFL on Thursday for failing to make transfer payments on time during the 2022–2023 season.

After their punishment is confirmed, Chris Wilder’s team will be at a disadvantage when the 2024–2025 season begins if they are unable to pull off a spectacular comeback in the latter stages of the current campaign.

Sheffield United have also been reprimanded with a two-point suspended deduction which will be activated if the club defaults on any payment to another club under a transfer or compensation agreement – for more than five business days – after the due date is agreed on.

The Blades’ punishment comes after Everton (twice) and Nottingham Forest were hit with point deductions for Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) breaches. The Toffees have been docked eight points in total and Forest only four.

However, Sheffield United’s charge comes from the EFL meaning it will not directly impact Manchester United or Manchester City as the punishment will be actioned outside of the Premier League.

An official statement from The Blades read: “Sheffield United notes today’s statement from the EFL with regards to breaches by the club of regulations 52.2.3 and 52.2.4 in the 2022/2023 season.

“It has been agreed the Blades will commence the next season in which the club is subject to the EFL’s jurisdiction with a two-point deduction. The club’s position in the proceedings was that the relevant sums relied on by the EFL had been paid in full – on several occasions only days after they were initially due – or renegotiated with new future payment dates adhered to before the club was notified of the referral.”

It added: ” The club has co-operated with the EFL to reach a negotiated settlement on the issues in question.

“While disappointed to have the deduction imposed upon the return to the EFL – and highlighting that awaiting overdue monies from several other clubs effected Sheffield United’s financial situation – the club took the view it was better to reach an agreement which minimised the risks of a higher deduction or further transfer embargoes being imposed, and being distracted by lengthy and costly legal proceedings.

“The club is now in a position to close this matter and concentrate on the future.”

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