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Now is the Winter of our discontent

Filed: Wednesday, 24th February 2016
By: Staff Writer

The journalist whose evidence cost West Ham United in excess of £30million in the Carlos Tevez tribunal has been given a column on the club's website.

Testimony provided by Henry Winter, then writing for the Daily Telegraph was considered key in the eventual decision to award in favour of Sheffield United by a 2008 tribunal, led by Lord Griffiths (a specialist mediator in the field of commerce and insurance).

As a result there was a good deal of head-scratching by Hammers fans this morning when visitors to the club's website at whufc.com discovered that Winter - described therein as "one of the best sports writers in the country" - had been given his own column to wax lyrical about the team's current fortunes.

The journalist. who boasted of his involvement in an article for the Telegraph in September 2008 argued - successfully - that Tevez's participation was vital to West Ham avoiding relegation from the Premiership in 2006/07.

Writing at the time, Winter said: "Sheffield United asked me to repeat the central theme of my match report – that Tevez kept West Ham up – to the tribunal. Sheffield United picked the Telegraph, but it could have been any other reporter at Old Trafford that day. To all present in the press box, Tevez delivered an astonishing display."

All is forgiven? Henry Winter's column on West Ham's website this morning

Those Hammers fans who were present at Old Trafford on the day might be forgiven for thinking that Rob Green - who made several fantastic saves - or Yossi Benayoun, who cleared one goal-bound shot off the line may have been just as - if not far more - instrumental in the result that day.

Yet Winter saw it differently.

"Sheffield United’s hopes of multi-million-pound compensation from West Ham came down to one passage of play in the final match of the season against Manchester United," said Winter, referring to Tevez's winning goal on the day - conveniently ignoring the fact that West Ham would have still avoided relegation even if the game had ended 0-0.

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