This is not a Leeds-baiting article. Far from it, COS thinks it’s a damn shame what’s been allowed to happen to this football club over the past few seasons, which has resulted in a double relegation, administration, desperation, frustration and now consolidation. Fans of the club thought that it might be a case of celebration after Ken Bates & Co appealed against their fifteen point deduction made at the start of the season, but Sky Sports report they’ll will have to tough it out in the play-offs if they are to be promoted this season.
Whatever the rights and wrongs were surrounding this deduction (which were in addition to the ten points docked towards the end of last season), it would have been one thing restoring some or all of the deficit in the early part of the season but not when there’s only one match of the regular season remaining. It simply wouldn’t have been fair to the likes of Carlisle, Doncaster and Nottingham Forest, teams who are on the verge of securing promotion through that second automatic spot.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators have therefore made the correct decision and it’s safe to assume that part of their thinking was an overturning of points would have almost certainly led to a series of counter-appeals by some or all of the teams mentioned above. The Football League will also breathe a sigh of relief that they have been found not guilty of acting unfairly towards Leeds in deducting the fifteen points.
United have a chance to now secure promotion to the Championship and will be favourites on the basis of their recent form, their huge following and perhaps the burning sense of injustice being felt at the club right now after this decision.