Sheffield United have decided to take legal action over the decision to award Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium ahead of their own Bramall Lane ground.
The case rests on the claim from United that Wednesday received preferential treatment from Sheffield County Council over proposed renevenations to Hillsborough stadium. They believe that the council fast tracked Wednesday’s plans whilst they had to go through the normal procedure.
Trevor Birch, United chief executive, said: “We are delighted to see that the city has been chosen to go forward to the next stage. However it is disappointing that our stadium, with its obvious benefits and current planned facilities, has not been recognised by the FA.”
Wednesday’s extra room for fan zones and other events outside of the ground won them the FA’s vote when the decision was made back in December 2009. United are planning to take the decision to the ombudsman being seeking a judical review, if necessary.