Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday April 27 2007
An independent hearing today considered Premier League charges relating to the signings of the Argentinean duo, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
As a result the London club have been fined £5.5 million, but , as expected, they have had no points deducted.
A Premier League statement said: 'We fully respect their (the commission's) decision and the detailed judgement will provide further clarity for all clubs.'
West Ham United released a statement saying:
'West Ham United Football Club was given an opportunity to present its case and received a fair hearing.
'The club's submission that the contracts gave no actual influence to any third party was accepted by the commission.
'The club has not been found guilty of fielding an unregistered player and speculation about a likely points deduction has proved to be unfounded.
'The club regrets the fact that they fell foul of the FA Premier League regulations, but the new owners of the club now want to focus on matters on the pitch and remaining in the Premiership. The threat of a points deduction has now been removed and the club's fate remains in its own hands.
'The club believes that promotion and relegation issues should be decided on the pitch and we are pleased that the commission agree with that view.
'The club will reflect on the financial penalty that has been imposed and will take advice before commenting on the possibility of an appeal or any further steps that might be taken.'
With this situation finally settled, West Ham can now fully focus on their game at the JJB against the Latics.
We knew before the decision that a win was needed to secure our future as a Premier League club, nothing as changed.
Lets get behind the boys tomorrow and hopefully give the Hammers a good hammering.
One side note on this story, it remains to be seen if Tevez travels to The JJB, as the hearing report also said 'the registration of Carlos Tevez can be terminated' by the Premier League.
Will the F.A., who run the Premier League, have the bottle to terminate Tevez's registration?
Have West Ham got off lightly without the point`s deduction?
Do you feel the fine is sufficient punishment?
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Date:Friday April 27 2007
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