Premier League – West Ham ‘fined £30m over Tevez’

Sheffield United have won their compensation claim against West Ham after an independent tribunal ruled in the South Yorkshire club’s favour regarding the Carlos Tevez affair.

FOOTBALL 2007-2008 Premier League - Carlos Tevez, West Ham - 0

Blades chairman Kevin McCabe revealed that the tribunal found the Hammers guilty of breaching league regulations when they signed Tevez and Argentine compatriot Javier Mascherano, now at Liverpool, at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

“I can confirm that both clubs have been notified of the ruling,” he told the club’s official website.

“The arbitration panel has awarded in our favour. The matter is still legally in process so I do not wish to comment any further until we have completed that process.”

In response to press reports that West Ham face a £30m pay-out to Sheffield United, McCabe said it would be “inappropriate” to discuss the figure at present.

The East London club avoided relegation on the final day of that season at the expense of the Bramall Lane outfit, with Tevez scoring the only goal of the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The original three-man Premier League arbitration panel, which agreed West Ham had contravened rules on third-party ownership of players, fined the club £5.5m instead of imposing a points penalty which would have seen Sheffield United stay up.

The Championship club have since pursued monetary compensation for the losses incurred by relegation, estimated by them at £50m, which include gate receipts, matchday income from hospitality and restaurants and broadcasting monies.

The three-man panel which judged their claim consisted of former MCC president Lord Griffiths, former High Court judge Sir Anthony Colman and Robert Englehart QC.

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport

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