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Hammers escape points deduction - fined 5.5m


Filed: Friday, 27th April 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel & Gordon Thrower


West Ham United have been fined 5.5m for irregularities regarding the transfers of Javi Mascherano and Carlos Tevez.

However the club's slender hopes of avoiding relegation are still alive following the independent panel's decision not levy a points deduction.

The club were found guilty of entering into "agreements in relation to both these transfers that enabled third parties to acquire the ability materially to influence the club's policies and/or the performance of its teams" despite such deals apparently being commonplace throughout world football.

The club were also found guilty of failing to act in the "utmost good faith" over the deals.

Reports now suggest that the club pleaded guilty to the charges in an apparently successful attempt to reduce the penalties arising from the enquiry.

The Premier League have also been told that they have the power to terminate the contract of Carlos Tevez. The Premier League have suggested that, whilst they won't be terminating Tevez's contract, the situation regarding his registration will need to be resolved before he can play for the club again.

Results of the hearing

1. West Ham fined a total of 5.5m (which would have been 8m had the club not admitted its guilt).

2. 2.5m of this figure relates to a breach of Rule U18.

3. 3m of this figure relates to a breach of Rule B13.

4. The registration of Carlos Tevez can be terminated by the FAPL immediately.





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by Bill Richards
04:30PM 27th Apr 2007
''"What we believe to have occurred here is that Messrs (former chairman Terry) Brown, Aldridge and Duxbury were anxious to complete the registration of these players by the deadline of 31st August," the ruling said.

"They knew that the only means by which they could acquire them would be by entering into the third party contracts. Equally, they were aware that the FAPL, at the very least, may not - and in all probability would not - have approved of such contracts.

"They determined to keep their existence from the FAPL.""What we believe to have occurred here is that Messrs (former chairman Terry) Brown, Aldridge and Duxbury were anxious to complete the registration of these players by the deadline of 31st August," the ruling said.

"They knew that the only means by which they could acquire them would be by entering into the third party contracts. Equally, they were aware that the FAPL, at the very least, may not -- and in all probability would not -- have approved of such contracts.

"They determined to keep their existence from the FAPL."

What will these guilty individuals who have resulted in this iniquitous fine have to pay? If nothing then the system is at fault!''

by Dave
03:04PM 27th Apr 2007
''Yeah, it's a lot of money but if we stay up because points were not deducted, and Brown is sued by the club and is forced to pay the fine I can't see a problem.''

by Bob
02:40PM 27th Apr 2007
''I think we should counter-fine the FA for injuring Ashton whilst on England duty at the start of the season ...''

by Tom Brodrick
12:31PM 27th Apr 2007
''Good. Still hope Magnusson sues Brown for all he can.''

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