West Ham to pay Sheffield United £10m in peace deal over Tevez

first_imgShare on Twitter West Ham United Bill Neenan Carlos Tevez has been the subject of a legal battle between former club West Ham and Sheffield United. Photograph: KIERAN DOHERTY/REUTERS West Ham United Sheffield United Thu 12 Mar 2009 21.32 EDT • Bramall Lane club will drop all complaints• FA and Premier League may impose further fines Shares33 Topics First published on Thu 12 Mar 2009 21.32 EDT Share on Pinterest West Ham to pay Sheffield United £10m in peace deal over Tevez affair West Ham United will pay compensation to Sheffield United in the long-running dispute over Carlos Tevez and the Sheffield club’s relegation in 2007, reports said last night.West Ham have agreed to pay more than £10m – to be paid in instalments over five years – and Sheffield United will withdraw all of its complaints against the London club, ending the legal battle that began with United arguing that Tevez’s participation in key matches in breach of the Premier League’s third-party agreement rules had been decisive in helping them to remain in the top league while Sheffield were relegated. United had been asking for £45m in compensation.An independent Football Association arbitration panel, headed by Lord Griffiths, sided with United against West Ham and ruled that Tevez was instrumental in the result. The panel were due to meet on Monday to determine the extent of compensation that should be involved but the hearing has now been cancelled in light of the agreement yesterday.West Ham still face the prospect of a further fine or a points deduction after the FA and Premier League announced a fresh investigation into the Tevez affair in January. The Hammers were originally fined £5.5m but the independent panel convened by the Premier League in April 2007 did not impose a points deduction. The FA and Premier League decided in January that the conclusions of Lord Griffiths, delivered in September, left them with no option but to return to the matter. Their lawyers have written to those involved asking them for written statements and arranging face-to-face interviews.The move will focus on the conduct of West Ham’s chief executive, Scott Duxbury, in the wake of the Premier League’s original ruling on the matter. Lord Griffiths ruled that Duxbury had provided Kia Joorabchian, the leader of the consortium that “owned” Tevez and his Argentinian international colleague Javier Mascherano, and his lawyer Graham Shear with a series of “oral cuddles”.”We have acted in good faith throughout the inquiries and investigations into this matter and fulfilled the undertakings given to the Premier League following the initial penalty,” said the club at the time. “We have nothing to hide and will ensure that this is once again reflected in our evidence to the FA and Premier League.”center_img Share on Facebook Share on Facebook news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 10 years old Share via Email Share on Twitter This article is more than 10 years old Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img

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