Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Strange Logic of The Blades

West Ham say that a FIFA rule allows decisions of national football associations to be appealed to CAS. Sheffield United are arguing that the recent arbitration had nothing to do with the FA.

Sheffield United's stance is that the FA was not a party to the arbitration process and that the arbitration process was the outcome of a private dispute resolution process.

If this is just a private matter then presumably West Ham can just tell the Blades to do one.


At 3:39 PM, Blogger BigPirate said...

That is an interesting point. If truly a private matter, where would Sheffield look for enforcement if West Ham decided not to pay?

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Rapidhammer said...

I think West Ham would not have agreed to the arbitration if they hadn't been forced to by the rules of the FA. As the arbitration panel was convened by the English FA (as the CAS itself says in a press release) the outcome of the arbitration can be qualified as a decision of a national football association and can in my opinion be appealed in Lausanne.


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