Sheffield United promoted to Premier League after Leeds controversy

Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League after a 12-year absence was finally confirmed on Sunday.

Leeds United’s controversial draw with Aston Villa, coupled with their own 2-0 win against relegated Ipswich on Saturday, ensured the Blades moved into an unassailable position in the top two of the Championship.

They still have a slim chance of securing the title this weekend if they win at Stoke City, but they will need leaders Norwich to lose to Villa.

Goals from Scott Hogan and Jack O’Connell put United three points clear in the automatic promotion places, but a bizarre set of circumstances in Leeds confirmed the news the next day.

Leeds scored after feigning to put the ball out of play for the injured Villa striker Jonathan Kodija, leading to a melee breaking out on the pitch involving both teams and members of the coaching staff clashing on the touchline.

Upon the restart, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa ordered his players to allow Villa to score an equaliser by way of an apology for the opener.

The game finished 1-1, cueing celebrations to begin in earnest across the red half of Sheffield as it was confirmed that Premier League football would return to the city for the first time since 2007.