Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mascherano Moves to Anfield

Liverpool have finally been given the go ahead to sign Mascherano by the Premier League but West Ham could still face sanctions for the deal that saw the two Argentinians move to Upton Park. In a pointed statement the League said,

"The Premier League is satisfied that the contractual arrangements proposed by Liverpool FC are consistent with its rules; particularly that the relationship between club and player is not subject to third-party influence.

The Premier League is grateful for Liverpool's cooperation and openness at the start and throughout the process. Liverpool also appreciated the Premier League Board were not prepared to sanction this transfer until further information on any third-party involvement in player registrations had been received from all Premier League clubs."

Reading between the lines the statement appears to suggest that West Ham may not have been quite as open with the Premier League about the ownership of Tevez and Mascherano. According to The Mail a senior football official told them that West Ham are in 'big trouble' and that,

"It's pretty hard to see how it could be a more serious breach of rule U18. It would seem they have used a player they should not have been able to register."

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