Thursday, January 08, 2009

Perhaps Some Good News, Maybe ... Hopefully

Most of the newspapers seem to be hinting that West Ham are screwed because of this new inquiry. Not least because it means the owners will find it almost impossible to sell the club now.

However The Telegraph seem to think there is some doubt over whether the inquiry will find against West Ham,

"League sources say the decision to look again at the issue was taken on the advice of legal officials at the Premier League and the FA, but there is scepticism as to whether the inquiry will reach a definitive conclusion. The League also remain convinced that West Ham met the legal requirements of the rulebook by terminating the third-party deal.

That prompted MSI to sue, and West Ham eventually settled out-of-court for £2 million, a move that satisfied the League that the club's assurances were genuine.

Any ruling that undermined that view would be catastrophic for confidence in the leadership of the League."

This is the only bit of positive spin to the story I can find. I also doubt it's true - if the League 'remain convinced' that West Ham met the legal requirements why are they holding another inquiry - surely they must actually think West Ham lied.

Of course if it is true and the inquiry don't find West Ham guilty in having lied to the league the FA will find it very hard to award compensation against West Ham for supposedly doing that.

The Mail are suggesting that West Ham will face a points deduction next season if found guilty by this new inquiry.


At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the last tribunal got their decision wrong. The new enquiry will find no evidence that West Ham did anything wrong and West Ham have already issued a statement while SU have said nothing. Was it a complete surprise to SU? If this latest enquiry is at West Ham's request it would over-ride the earlier FA Tribunal decision. How could West Ham pay compo for doing what the EPL asked?

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

They are holding another inquiry BECAUSE they are convinced that West Ham met the legal requirements. That's the way I see it anyway.

If their view on this contradicts the FA arbitration's view then another inquiry is needed, IMV, to establish the truth.


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