Thursday, January 08, 2009

Here we go again ...

The FA and Premier League have decided to launch a fresh inquiry into Carlos Tevez' eligibility to play for West Ham at the end of the 2007 season.

A joint statement for the FA and the EPL said,

"The joint inquiry will examine whether the conduct of West Ham United immediately after the independent disciplinary commission's decision of 27 April 2007 amounted to further breaches of Premier League or FA rules."

A West Ham statement said,

"West Ham United will co-operate fully with the joint inquiry convened by the FA and Premier League. We have acted in good faith throughout the various inquiries and investigations into this matter and fulfilled the undertakings given to the Premier League following the initial penalty.

"We have nothing to hide and will ensure that this is once again reflected in our evidence to the FA and Premier League.

A West Ham Fans' statement said,

"FFS - enough already!"

My very limited understanding of this is that it all comes down to what physical evidence exists that West Ham lied to the Premier League when it said it had torn up the original Tevez contract.

The independent panel appointed by the FA came to the conclusion that West Ham had told Kia Joorabchian that the contract was still in place even though West Ham told the league the opposite.

On what evidence was this decision based? Was it just on the spoken evidence of Kia's lawyer Graham Shear or did he also submit written evidence.

As a club West Ham have to wonder if the announcement of this fresh inquiry has been deliberately timed to cause the maximum damage to the club. It comes at the beginning of a transfer window when it is well known West Ham are having to convince its star players that it worth staying at the club.

At the same time the owners are actively trying to find buyers for West Ham.

The timing of this fresh inquiry will therefore cause the maximum damage to West Ham whether they are exonerated by the inquiry or not.


At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Wes said...

I guess they could have waited until the new owners had their pens an inch above the final purchase agreement, but, yes, this timing is pretty awful as well.

It will be a testament to Zola's influence if the team stays relatively intact.


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