Blades are in clear over loan ‘error’

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SHEFFIELD United will not face any punishment over the error, quickly corrected, when they named too many loan players on the official teamsheet for last Saturday’s game with Leeds United.

They named six loan players but only five are permitted by the Football League in an 18-strong matchday squad.

Fortunately for United, a club official spotted the error and the outcome was that one of the loan players - in this case Marcus Bent - was removed.

He subsequently had no involvement in the game which went ahead with United fielding six substitutes rather than the full complement of seven.

Initially there were fears the ‘error’ could leave them open to a fine but a Football League spokesman said that there will be no action taken against the club. “They realised before kick off what they had done and quickly changed it, at the same time informing the referee and the Football League,” he said. “They removed one of the loan players altogether and it meant there was no breach of rule committed.”

Coincidentally, last Saturday’s opponents Leeds, were fined after six loan players were involved in a game five years ago.

When Sheffield Wednesday named one loan player too many in a game against Stoke City three years ago, they were fined £2,000.

Season ticket holders will be admitted free to the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Aston Villa at Bramall Lane on Wednesday, April 6.

The Blades’ youngsters lead 1-0 from the first leg and are in the semi-finals for the first time since 1973.

Admission otherwise will be £3 (£1 concessions).