Former Owls hero Carlton Palmer has called into question the decision to call off Sheffield United’s clash with Scunthorpe United.
Referee Mark Heywood had deemed the Bramall Lane pitch playable following an inspection on Sunday morning but his concern for the safety of supporters led him to call the game off.
However Palmer - speaking on the online discussion programme The Ref Show - claimed a heavy schedule for the Blades may have seen them influence the decision.
“Without trying to cause too much controversy - I’ve been there with Wednesday and whatever - when you’ve got a big game coming up and you’ve got a few injuries, sometimes you try to influence the situation to get the game called off,” he said.
“Dare I say it, with the games coming thick and fast for Sheffield United, maybe it was influenced a bit that the game was off.”
Palmer also questioned the reason for the decision.
He said: “I was talking to my brother-in-law who is a police officer.
“It’s always the case that if they think it’s a danger for supporters to get to the ground, they tend to call it off. I’ve been staying not far from there and I didn’t get that inference.”
However, rather than easing a packed schedule, having to rearrange the Scunthorpe game is likely to give the Blades an even bigger fixture headache in 2015.
Due to reaching the FA Cup third round this weekend, United have their scheduled league clash with Notts County to rearrange.
And should they beat QPR on Sunday, they will have the away trip to Rochdale to fit in at a later date.
The Blades already have a run of three midweek games over four weeks starting at the end of January.
Managing director Mal Brannigan was keen to stress the financial impact of calling off Sunday’s game.
Brannigan said: “Financially, the game being called off is detrimental to the club but the safety of supporters is of paramount importance.”
Watch Palmer discussing the postponement of the game by clicking on the video above