It wouldn’t be a new week in the life of a Sheffield Wednesday fan without seeing more legal stories surround the club.
Before supporters had even had time to digest their Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day, journalist Dom Howson provided an update on young striker George Hirst.
The former Owls academy product rejected a new contract in 2018, an offer that would have seen him become the best-paid player for his age in the club’s history.
However, he eventually joined Leicester’s sister club OH Leuven before being snapped up by the Foxes.
It seems as though the Premier League side exploited a loophole which ensured they didn’t have to pay compensation but Wednesday are now demanding a significant fee for his services, according to Howson.
Although one fan saw it in a funny light, others were slightly baffled that action was being taken as they shared their thoughts on Twitter.
We’re involved in more legal battles than Judge Rinder 😀
— Toppers (@top4718) December 26, 2019
So we’re pursuing legal against someone for exploiting a loophole?! 🤔
— David Ward (@DavidWardyWard) December 26, 2019
Is there anyone we aren’t taking legal action against? 🤔
— Cal (@mulac1992) December 26, 2019
This, of course, comes in light of the legal action surrounding chairman Dejphon Chansiri. He was charged with misconduct by the EFL for breaches of the league’s financial rules. A number of charges have been brought against the club after their Hillsborough Stadium was sold to Chansiri.
This has consequently seen claims emerge that he could be banned from football completely.
Several fans focused on their owner during their reaction, with one supporter simply saying ‘here we go again’ in response to the legal battles the club are currently going through.
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A further individual was merely happy to see Chansiri standing up for himself again after it was revealed he’d fight against the EFL.
Dejphon Chansiri he’ll sue who he wants
— Harry Smith (@HS13guy) December 26, 2019
Aaaaaand here we go again 😂😂🤦♂️
— Mark (@baowl) December 26, 2019
Here we go
— reece (@reecewatson257) December 26, 2019
Glad to see chansiri isn’t being taken for a mug
— Adam Tollerfield (@Tollers1) December 26, 2019
Chansiris rinsing everyone. You love to see it
— Jake lingwood (@jake_lingwood) December 26, 2019
More reaction centred around Hirst himself as he received criticism from two supporters. One said it was a shameful act while another laid into how his career had turned out.
The 20-year-old bagged 40 goals for club and country throughout the 2016/17 campaign but his form has been rather hopeless since that move.
For Belgian side, OH Leuven, the young striker netted just three times in 23 outings. Instead of playing senior football, he’s now playing for Leicester’s U23s too.
Good this was a shameful act from the hirsts
— klm (@klm35097632) December 26, 2019
Not worth much, struggled & not improved, lost his place in England squad & rotting away cleaning boots at Leicester at nearly 21yrs old. Newcastle & man Utd had 18 & 19 year olds playing. Minimum comp will be paid.
— keiron wilcock (@keiron1972) December 27, 2019