Sheffield Unitedâ€™s impending hopes of receiving compensation following the â€˜Carlos Tevez Affairâ€™ have been dealt a blow after West Ham United and Kia Joorabchian settled their ongoing dispute with an out-of-court settlement.
Bladesâ€™ plc chairman Kevin McCabe, who will press his claim at an arbitration hearing that commenced on Monday under FA rules, had asked Iranian businessman Joorabchian â€“ who â€˜ownsâ€™ the registration of Tevez and previously his Argentine compatriot Javier Mascherano – to assist his legal fight against his Upton Park compatriots. In particular, McCabe pointed to a document from December 1 that reportedly showed an amendment to Tevezâ€™s original contract, made after the club had been acquired by their new owner Eggert Magnusson.
The owner of Media Sports Investments was said to be interested in testifying against The Hammers because he was unhappy about how the subsequent â€˜transferâ€™ of Tevez to Manchester United was investigated and conducted by all parties involved. But the latest blow to Unitedâ€™s case came with news of the out-of-court settlement, which is expected to see Joorabchian recoup the Â£7million he claims he was owned. He will also be employed by West Ham as a consultant on future transfers, diminishing any hopes that he will aid the Bramall Lane campaign for compensation.
Instead, McCabeâ€™s legal team could highlight one case in point to the arbitration panel next week – that of Luton Town. Kevin Blackwellâ€™s former team were this week issued with a ten-point deduction next season for breaking transfer rulings, under the ownership of the former regime. The original Premier League committee ruled that a points deduction for West Ham would be unfair on both the players and fans, as the indiscretions had occurred under the previous ownership of the club.
Nick Owen, prospective new owner of Luton Town, said: â€œAs the prospective new owners of the club, we really didn’t expect to be punished for something that clearly is no fault of our own. Compare this with West Ham. They breached the rule book and appeared to create an advantage on the field of play.
â€œAlthough they received a fine, they were not docked points. Why hit little old Luton with a 10-point deduction when the regulation they have transgressed is a mere technicality, with no advantage to any individual or the club?â€
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