Taylor backs Blades protest over Tevez

Last updated at 13:46 13 June 2007

Gordon Taylor believes Sheffield United have a 'real valid case' in their protest over the

Carlos Tevez affair.

Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, gave his support today as 100 fans, including actor Sean Bean, went to the House of Commons in an attempt to get Government backing.

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Chairman Kevin McCabe is also

threatening to involve the

European Commission.

United were relegated from the

Premiership while West Ham

survived having avoided a points

deduction despite being found

guilty of fielding two ineligible

players last season.

Taylor said: “They have a real

valid case. You’ve got to give credit

to West Ham for how they battled

but there were people at the club

who knew what they were doing

and they should be held to account.

“If some of them are still in

football, then the penalties should

apply to them for doing it wrong.”

United’s fate rests on the

judgement of an independent

arbitration panel next Monday.

McCabe says the club will accept

their relegation if the panel finds

against them but warned that

would not be the end of the issue.

His next move would be to

approach the European

Commission in the pursuit of

financial compensation.

West Ham, meanwhile, are still

interested in signing England

striker Darren Bent but are not

willing to meet Charlton’s

£20million asking price.

They may try to persuade them to

take Marlon Harewood and

Hayden Mullins in part exchange.

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