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Vultures in trouble ... again

Filed: Tuesday, 7th July 2009
By: Staff Writer

Sheffield United could potentially face a multi-million pound claim from Preston North End after Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny failed a drugs test.

Kenny was tested postive for a banned substance following a test taken prior to last season's Championship semi-final play-off - a tie that the Blades won 2-1 on aggregate and saw them coin in from a lucrative play-off final tie with Burnley.

The goalkeeper was credited with a major part in the second semi-final which Sheffield United won 1-0; the Daily Mail noted how Kenny produced a 'full-length save from Jon Parkin' during the second half.

The goalkeeper also had a hand in the Blades' goal in the first leg, the Mail again reporting how "Kenny sent a ball upfield, Lonergan did well to save at Greg Halford’s feet and the ball squirted out to the right where it was retrieved by Ward, who delivered a cross that was thumped home on the full by Howard."

Kenny - who is likely to receive a lengthy ban and fine from the FA following his failed test - could also cost his club massive damages should Preston decide to proceed with legal action.

North End could now claim that they were denied the chance of appearing in a showpiece Wembley play-off final and the chance of reaching the Premier League as a result of the goalkeeper's presence - and with Lord Griffiths setting a precedent in last year's case with West Ham United when he declared that one player can affect not just one game, but the course of an entire season - the Blades could now be on the receiving end of a decision which proved so lucrative for them in the Carlos Tevez case.

Griffiths on Tevez: September 2008

"We think it more likely than not on the evidence that we heard, that even over the final two games of the season, West Ham would have achieved at least three points less overall without Mr Tevez. He played outstandingly well in the two wins that West Ham secured in those last two games."

Bramall Shame: getting away with murder

June 2007: Premier League investigate claims that the Blades broke rule U18 relating to third-party influence in the transfer of Steve Kabba to Watford.

September 2008: Sheffield United win millions in damages from West Ham United at the fourth attempt in the Carlos Tevez case.

November 2008: Sheffield Utd defender Chris Morgan leaves Barnsley striker Iain Hume fighting for life after a vicious on-field assault.

January 2009: Blades accused of third-party influence in the transfer of Matthew Spring from Luton to Charlton.

March 2009: Sunderland, Preston, West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United announce plans for legal action against the Blades for failing to comply with 'certain contractual conditions'.

April 2009: Barnsley FC announce plans to sue United for the loss of Iain Hume.

June 2009: Former Sheffield Utd boss Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace fined £20,000 and deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player.

July 2009: Blades 'keeper Paddy Kenny - who played in all three Championship play-off ties - fails a drugs test.

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