West Ham Guilty of Fielding Eligible Player
The FA's arbitration tribunal has yet to publish its findings so it is impossible to know on what basis they have come to their verdict.
However, according to yesterday's Daily Mail, the verdict does say this,
"We think it more likely than not on the evidence we heard that even over the final two games of the season West Ham would have achieved at least three points less overall without Mr Tevez."
According to today's Daily Mail "the Football Association's independent tribunal have found that Duxbury verbally assured Kia Joorabchian, the part-owner of Tevez, that the third-party agreement still existed even though he had informed the Premier League that it had been terminated so that the Argentina striker could play in West Ham's remaining games."
Therefore the tribunal must have evidence of this verbal assurance by Duxbury or they are basing their decision on hearsay. If the panel do have this evidence then that is the second time in one season that Duxbury has been found to have lied to the English Premier League. If true Duxbury's position at West Ham has become untenable.