McCabe points finger after financial losses

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Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe has blamed the club's financial losses for the year ending June 30 on the 'Tevez affair'.

McCabe said: "One can only ponder as to the potential turnover and profitability that may have been achieved were it not for the circumstances and events emanating from the media-named Tevez Affair.

"Sheffield United are now a robust, strong and proud club, who will simply not back down or walk away from tackling head on those organisations responsible for the shameful actions and events that have tarnished English football."

McCabe added: "Turnover in 2008 was £32.1 million, a reduction from the £44.2 million of 2007, arising from our unjust relegation from the Premier League in May last year and thankfully limited due to the success of our off-the-field interests."

The Blades have announced an operating loss before interest and tax of £3.5million, while for the same period last year the club made a profit of £2.7million.

Retained losses stand at £6.3million compared to a £300,000 profit at this time in 2007. Turnover is down from £44.2million to £2.1million.

The Blades are hoping to claim up to £50million from West Ham in compensation next spring after an arbitration panel ruled that Carlos Tevez should not have been permitted to play in the final matches of the 2006/7 season, when the Argentina striker helped West Ham avoid relegation at Sheffield United's expense.

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