Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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."

Carlos Tevez was correctly registered with the Premier League to play in those final two games. West Ham had been in lengthy consultation with the Premier League after the league had fined the club a record £5 million to ensure that Tevez's registration was correct for the remainder of the season. The Premier League had informed West Ham that Tevez was eligible to play in those final games.

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.


At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your point is quite correct. Tevez was eligible to play in the last three games. A read of Henry Winter's article in the Telegraph today also concludes that the relegation was down to one goal - that at Old Trafford in the final game of the season, and that the tribunal has based it's decision on that. He conveniently forgets that 0-0 draw would also have kept WHUFC up, but claims only Tevez would have scored a goal from such a poor pass as was provided by Zamora. I can't for the life of me see how this tribunal can have reached this decision. It's a bad day for football.

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that the FA told West Ham that Tevez would be elligible to play in the last 3 games if they tore up the 3rd party contract with MSI/Kia but Duxbury lied when he said that they did because while West Ham tore up their contract, Kia didn't tear up his. If this is true than technically, Tevez wouldn't have been elligible to play.


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