Filed: Tuesday, 3rd July 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
The arbitration panel examining the decision to fine West Ham United for breaching Premier League rules have upheld the original verdict.
The news - which was announced just after 2.30pm this afternoon - ends any hope Sheffield United had of retaining a place in the Premier League at the expense of West Ham United.
Eggert Magnusson - speaking on behalf of United via whufc.com - said:
"We are happy that this matter is finally closed and all parties can now move on. The arbitration panel's decision is very clear and reflects what we have believed all along.
"West Ham United have been preparing for next season in the Premier League since the final whistle at Old Trafford in May and we will continue to do so."
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by John Pritchard
08:24AM 4th Jul 2007
''This whole saga has sadly hurt the good name of the club - Terence Brown walks off with a fortune for his shares and doesn't put a penny back into the club and knowing that he and others were guilty of wrongdoing in hastily taking on two players.
The whole case was ridiculous admittedly - it was all over every paper that the greedy Iranian owned them anyway so a third party interest was hardly a shock to anyone. Add to that the fact that the signings totally upset the playing squad most of whom went off and sulked and cost us numerous games we should have won I would say that without the two we would never have been in such a mess anyway - of course Tevez czme good in the end and made a difference but by then the rest of the team had remembered a bit of pride as well.
As for Sheff Utd - crap, not good enough, played their reserves against Man U, dodgy deal with Kabba, 10 points clear of us at one point and we didn't even turn up when they beat us 3-0, lost their last game, at home, to the abysmal Wigan - that's why they went down - end of.
Roll on next season and let's show we are worth the fantastic support that the players got last year.''
by Matthew Newman
06:43PM 3rd Jul 2007
''Really interested to see what Eggy has to say about all this now but more interested to know whether this assists in the process of bringing in the kind of players we need to ensure we don't get a repeat of the beginning of last season.''
03:26PM 3rd Jul 2007
''Justice is served, sour grapes from our northern rivals. Good luck to them next season - but I don't think we will see them for a while ...''
02:29PM 3rd Jul 2007
''At last! The 'blunts' can go and wallow in their own self pity and prepare for life at Colchester. Right now come on Eggy lets splosh the dosh. Come on you Irons!''
02:02PM 3rd Jul 2007
''A statement from the arbitration panel read: "The tribunal have found in favour of the FA Premier League on both issues and dismissed the claims of Sheffield United FC and Fulham FC." Where were Wigan and big mouth in the end!? Look forward to seeing Fulham at Upton Park ...''