An unlikely ally

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Friday, 27th April 2007

Alan Pardew has called on the Premier League not to hit West Ham with a points deduction when the hearing into transfer irregularities reconvenes later this morning.

Pardew - who was in charge of United when Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano moved to East London last August- said last night:

"All things considered, it is best if football decides.

"On the pitch is where it matters."

Meanwhile Paul Aldridge - who was said to be the key figure in the transfer of the two players due to his close links with Kia Joorabchian - confirmed last night that he had not been summoned by the PL to offer his version of events - despite offering to do so.

"I've had written correspondence with the Premier League but I don't know if it's been heard," the former United MD told the Guardian.

"I have made myself available but no one's asked me. I would like to be there to argue any case against me.

"I suppose they might think that Scott Duxbury was and is the legal view at the club and they can rely on that.

"But there is a charge that the club was acting in bad faith - and I would have thought that my testimony might seem useful.

"We took a lot of legal advice at the time and we were very comfortable with the position."

The hearing will reconvene at 10.30am this morning with a verdict due later this afternoon.

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