UEFA campaign ends in victory for Blades

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SANCTIONS are unlikely to be imposed upon League One clubs who fail to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play framework next season, The Star has learned.

The decision, which is set to be officially confirmed later this month, represents a victory for Sheffield United.

They have spent the past fortnight lobbying for those relegated from the Championship last term to be granted extra time to reduce their spending.

Instead, punishments are now expected to be levied on teams whose wages bills exceed a prescribed portion of their turnover from the start of the 2012/13 campaign. “It is a common sense outcome, from people who have, in all fairness, demonstrated common sense throughout the entire process,” a source close to those discussions told this newspaper last night

“The vast majority of folk involved have always been in favour of this idea but it would have been nigh on impossible for many of those who support these plans to get themselves below the limits in time for the new season.”

United’s delegate at the Football League’s recent annual general meeting in Cyprus signalled Bramall Lane’s support for proposals to adopt the FFP and Salary Cost Management Protocol following a presentation from UEFA’s Andrea Traverso.

But, together with representatives from Preston North End, they expressed concerns that their present contractual obligations meant that they could face a stark choice between breaking the law and meeting the strict financial criteria if they were activated immediately.