LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Sean Bean, the TV face of fictional Napoleonic soldier Richard Sharpe, will lead a delegation of Sheffield United fans in a Parliamentary protest over the Carlos Tevez affair on Wednesday.
Bean, a Hollywood star but still the owner of a strong South Yorkshire accent, has long been a high-profile fan of his home-town club, who were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season last month.
Bean and around 100 other supporters will meet some of the 49 MPs who have backed an anti-West Ham Early Day Motion.
MP Clive Betts is expected to table a Parliamentary question asking why the London club were only fined and not docked points for breaking the rules over the transfer of their Argentine forward Tevez.
The Premier League is to hold an arbitration hearing on Monday and Tuesday on the issue, with United claiming that West Ham should be docked points and therefore relegated.
United’s chairman Kevin McCabe said on Wednesday that if the hearing were to go against his club, confirming their relegation, he would continue the fight, if only for compensation, in the European courts.
“We have a trip to Brussels on Friday to meet the European Commissioner for culture and sport Jan Figel so we are making our presentation there this week,” he told BBC Radio 5-Live.
“We’ll go to the European Commission for them to opine.
“We believe we have maybe got a human-rights issue because of the loss of jobs that has been established if we are relegated, the salaries that are reduced because of going from the Premiership to the Championship and those sort of issues.”