Hammers to fight new Kia claims

Last updated at 16:38 29 February 2008

West Ham intend

to “vigorously defend” the

£7.1million legal claim made

against them by Kia Joorabchian.

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The Iranian insists he has

evidence to prove West Ham

continued to break third-party

ownership rules even after being

fined £5.5m over the Carlos Tevez

and Javier Mascherano deals.

Joorabchian has brought

a £7.1m court

action against

the club who

yesterday filed

their defence.

A West Ham

spokesman said

today: "We will


defend the claim

that is being

made, if

required to do

so, in the court."

Joorabchian's claim is thought

to be centred on alleged verbal

promises made to him by Scott

Duxbury, the club's chief

executive, and former chairman

Eggert Magnusson at the time of

the Tevez controversy.

"I know they have broken the

rules and broken them badly," said


"They have been

lying and cheating and it's time

the whole truth came out. There

were agreements in place, I know

it and they know it."

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