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Put your money where your mouth is

Filed: Monday, 7th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Eggert Magnusson has challenged the four clubs looking to take legal action against the Premier League to put up or shut up.

The United Chairman, talking to 5Live last night, criticised the four club pact - led by Wigan's Dave Whelan - for using the media to highlight their campaign.

A statement released on behalf of the four clubs on Friday night confirmed that they would reveal whether or not they would be taking the matter further on Tuesday.

But that has angered Magnusson who insists that they should keep schtum until they have something worthwhile to say.

"I can understand in a way how they feel - but I cannot understand them going to the press every day saying this and that," said Magnusson.

"If they are going to make a legal challenge they should come out when they have decided to do so. That's my opinion.

"Dave Whelan is a nice man and we got on well together [when we met recently]. This is nothing personal.

"But I think Paul Jewell said it well on Match of the Day when he said it was not down to Carlos Tevez or West Ham not being deducted points that they are in the relegation zone, it was just because they were not playing well enough."

And with regard to a possible appeal against the record 5.5m fine imposed by the hearing - a decision that must be made by this Friday - Magnusson added:

"We have done nothing at this stage but will probably look into these things this week.

I have said the whole time that I was not expecting a points deduction. But the fine was very high.

"The judgments came out Friday last week and I think all of us involved were a little bit surprised [by the size of the fine] in some ways - although relieved in other ways."

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by Ped
12:03PM 9th May 2007
''I reckon Sheffield Utd are gonna throw the game. What stops them doing that if we are losing? If you've got some dough, put it on Wigan ... ''

by ibelieve
08:36PM 7th May 2007
''Looks like all we need is a point at Old Trafford. Charlton are down and if Wigan beat Sheff Utd all we need is a draw and Sheff Utd will go down. So come on you Irons!''

by Spud
05:45PM 7th May 2007
''If we'd had points deducted we definitely would be relegated but no-one involved is still at the club. How could they justify that? Fair enough if they'd decided to dock points next season, we would have had time to recover them. But not right at the bitter end when we're pulling off one of the greatest escapes ever.

When Boro had points deducted it happened at Christmas. They had 5 months to pull things round, but couldn't manage it. Wigan etc are just looking for a cheap lifeline to their inevitable doom ...''

by Marc Griffin
09:21AM 7th May 2007
''Check out the 'weakest link' story - fat boy Jewell says the legal action is nothing to do with him and then goes on to say Tevez must be legally registered ...''

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