Friday, August 10, 2007

West Ham Donate Part of Tevez Fee

West Ham have announced that will donate £500,000 from the fee received for Carlos Tevez to the Football Foundation. The contribution will be earmarked specifically for the creation of football mini-pitches in the London Borough of Newham.

Whilst I welcome this gesture, especially as a Newham resident, I can't help feeling it could prove to be an own goal in terms of the club's public relations. I think they would have been better to just donate the money without mentioning the Tevez fee.

I can't help thinking that a lot of the West Ham hating press will say that West Ham only donated a quarter of the money that they should never have received in the first place.


At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Ham are donating 100% of the 'profit' received from the sale of Tevez's registration, after deduction of legal fees in dealing with the unwelcome situation.

It's a nice gesture, and gives the lie to certain elemants of the anti-West Ham brigade who were claiming that West Ham were holding out for a fee over Tevez because of greed.

Not that rags like the Daily Hatemail are likely to recognise that ...

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous west_ham said...

I don't think it really matters whether they mention where the money will come from. Even if West Ham hadn't mentioned it the press would probably still write stories about how the money came from the Tevez transfer whilst we were pretending it didn't.

You can't win with these people. We might as well just be honest and gain some respect from those that do value this honesty.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger RapidHammer said...

In my opinion West Ham are very much entitled to keep the funds they receive for Tevez' registration. The valuation of Carlos has increased within the season he played at Upton Park. I remember that it was reported that ManU did not want to sign him last year. If West Ham would have "bought" him last year they would have been able to "sell" him on for a much higher transfer fee now. So they have every right to get something out of this "saga". If they donate it to a trust that's a very noble gesture which should really be appreciated.


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