Next match: at home to Wigan, May 13
The Premier League's attempts to resolve the bitter dispute over West Ham have fallen on deaf ears with Sheffield United promising to sue if they are relegated and claiming the ruling threatens "anarchy" in the game. The Blades are among four clubs considering legal action against the decision by an independent commission to fine West Ham 5.5million for contract irregularities over the signing of Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, rather than deduct points. The Premier League have written to all 20 member clubs claiming a legal challenge to the ruling being considered by Wigan, Sheffield United, Fulham and Charlton is "bound to fail". However, Sheffield United plc chairman Kevin McCabe said: "This is not so much a case of gaining recompense as protecting our position in the hope that the Premier League will reconsider their decision and appoint a new tribunal."