Sheffield United sparks the final battle of a long-running feud between Prince Abdullah and Kevin McCabe
Sheffield United sparks final blow to long-running feud between Prince Abdullah and Kevin McCabe as club issue legal threat to long-serving president over minor copyright issue
- Prince Abdullah took control of Sheffield United from Kevin McCabe
- Pair has a long-standing feud and the latest battle is over copyright infringement
- A legal letter was sent to McCabe regarding a club emblem on a sign for his company
Sheffield United caused the latest skirmish of the club’s bitter power struggle this week by issuing a legal threat over a minor copyright infringement.
Blades CEO Stephen Bettis signed a letter on Monday instructing him to remove a crest from the fencing surrounding an empty patch of land at Bramall Lane. The next day, a lone Manchester worker left with paint pots to erase the offensive image.
It is the latest clash in the long-running property dispute in which Prince Abdullah took control of the club from long-serving chairman Kevin McCabe.
Kevin McCabe (left) and Prince Abdullah, pictured in 2013, had a bitter power struggle
The Saudi prince won a Supreme Court case last year to acquire McCabe’s 50 percent stake in the club, which had recently been promoted to the top flight, for just £ 5 million.
As part of the ruling, he also has to pay market value by July for a package of properties, including McCabe’s stadium and training ground.
At the Prince’s request, the two sides met in London in January and reached an agreement that would prevent arbitration.
Prince Abdullah won a lawsuit in September to fully control Sheffield United
A down payment would be due in late March, but the prince has since withdrawn from the deal, meaning the two sides are stuck again on a course for a new plenary date.
Statements were released on Wednesday by both McCabe’s company Scarborough International and the club.
Sheffield United accused his former chairman of trying to drive the club out of Bramall Lane, his home base since 1889, by raising the price based on the site’s living value.
The club sent a letter to former chairman McCabe regarding the use of the club emblem
Earlier in the week, they had sent McCabe the legal letter about a club weapon that was on a sign for his company, Sheffield United Ltd, the former parent company and once the sole owners of the Blades.
It had been on billboards for months around an undeveloped plot of land near the ground known as Boundary Corner and has now been painted.
The plot is one of two owned by McCabe, located on Bramall Lane grounds and intended for residential development and not part of the package Prince Abdullah is required to purchase as part of the Supreme Court ruling.