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Turn it in, say League

Filed: Tuesday, 8th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

The Premier League have written to the 'Gang of Four' informing them that any legal action taken against the top-flight's ruling body is destined for failure.

In the letter - also circulated to the league's 16 other clubs - the League confirmed that the onset of legal action would cause those behind it to 'fly in the face of the disciplinary structure that the clubs themselves created', a decision, the League added, which would be 'bound to fail'.

The letter also reminds the four clubs believed to be mulling over legal action - Wigan, Sheffield United, Charlton and Fulham - that they all accepted the appointment of the three man hearing commission of Simon Bourne-Arton QC, Lord Ouseley and David Dent.

Meanwhile a second communication, sent by the Premier League's Dave Richards (Chairman) and Richard Scudamore (Chief Exec), confirmed that the league are happy with the status of Carlos Tevez as a West Ham United player.

"The Premier League made it very clear to West Ham that unless it could be satisfied that all trace of any third-party ability to influence West Ham’s policies or the performance of its team was removed, Tévez’s registration would be terminated," it read.

“Assurances were received in a satisfactory form from West Ham. West Ham has assured us that it has terminated the contract. It has also indicated that under no circumstances will it regard the contract as binding on West Ham and that it will defend any proceedings brought against West Ham seeking its enforcement."

* Eggert Magnusson revealed tonight that he has not spoken to his predecessor Terence Brown in over three months.

Magnusson confirmed in an interview with BBC London tonight that since Brown's contract - worth around £2m - was torn up in January he had not met the disgraced former major shareholder.

Since having his contract terminated, Brown has also lost the use of eight seats in the directors box at the Boleyn Ground - plus two tickets in the box at away games.

Brown - who has already walked away with over £30m from the sale of his 36% shareholding - is currently seeking legal advice.

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by Steve
11:55AM 9th May 2007
''I'm glad the FAPL has at last told these clubs to shut up. The Commission appointed by the FAPL have metered out fair and appropriate punishment and we have paid up. It's not been a rule for one club and not another as BBC's Alan Green seems to keep implying. It's about time he shut up about it and stopped trying to stir things amongst our rival supporters.''

by Graza
11:12AM 9th May 2007
''Nice to see the league back us finally.

The ruling will stand whatever they do and they can sit around and suck their thumbs as much as they like.

Reserve team to play next weekend and all should be sweet. Hang on no, that's not right, I haven't had hope of survival since January.

Just hope we aren't three down at h/t so the Northern alliance can throw their game.''

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