Baggies handed the points
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
WEST BROM have been handed three points by the Football League for last Saturday's abandoned Division One match at Sheffield United.
Gary Megson's side were given a 3-0 victory by the authorities, which was the scoreline in favour of The Baggies before the match was called.
The Bramall Lane fixture came to a halt with eight minutes remaining when referee Eddie Wolstenholme noticed The Blades were left with the less than necessary seven players on the pitch, after three players were sent off and two were left injured before full-time.
The bizarre events began when Sheffield United goalkeeper Simon Tracey was sent off in the first half for a hand-ball outside the box.
In the second half after Georges Santos and Patrick Suffo were substituted on, Santos was soon dismissed for a disgraceful two-footed tackle on West Brom's Andy Johnson.
Seconds after Santos was shown the red card, an ensuing melee saw Suffo head-butt Derek McInnes in full view of referee Wolstenholme and he too was given his marching orders.
With Blades boss Neil Warnock having used all three substitutes, Michael Brown pulled up injured and with eight minutes remaining, Robert Ullathorne also failed continue through injury.
With Ullathorne out of the match, Sheffield United were left with six players on the pitch and under Football League rules, Wolstenholme had no choice but to abandon the match.
The fall-out from the match has caused much ill-feeling between the two clubs, with Megson accusing The Blades of faking injuries in order not to continue with the match.
Warnock played down Megson's accusations, claiming that Brown and Ullathorne were genuinely hurt.
The Blades boss has also transfer-listed Santos and Suffo following their disgraceful actions during the match, claiming that Santos would never play for the club again.