Blades wait to learn fate over Tevez affair

Last updated at 20:06 02 July 2007


Sheffield United will tomorrow learn the outcome of their battle to force the

Premier League to dock West Ham points over the Carlos Tevez controversy.

The three-man arbitration panel who have been hearing the Blades' claim are due

to announce their verdict some time tomorrow afternoon.

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Carlos Tevez

The panel cannot order the League to deduct points from the Hammers but they do

have the power to order a fresh independent disciplinary commission look at the

case.

Such a ruling, or one saying Sheffield United may have a claim for

compensation, would throw the league into disarray because it would be

impossible for a new disciplinary hearing and any subsequent appeals to take

place before the start of the new season.

The Premier League maintain they handled the whole affair completely by the

rule book.

They have consistently argued that the independent commission's original

decision to fine West Ham rather than dock points should not be overturned

simply because another club do not agree with it.

West Ham breached Premier League regulations by including third-party

agreements when they signed Tevez and Javier Mascherano last summer. As a

punishment they were fined £5.5million in April.

The arbitration panel, headed by retired High Court judge Sir Philip Otton,

have been charged with determining two matters: whether the decision by an

independent disciplinary commission on April 27 to fine West Ham rather than

dock points was so legally flawed that a fresh disciplinary commission need to

sit, and whether the Premier League acted unlawfully by not de-registering

Tevez.

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