Tevez affair closed with out of court settlement

March 16th, 2009 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 16 (IANS) English clubs West Ham and Sheffield United have finnaly reached an out of court settlement over Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.
A joint statement from United chairman Kevin McCabe and West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “Both clubs are pleased to announce that a satisfactory settlement for compensation has been reached which brings the dispute between Sheffield United and West Ham to an end. The tribunal will not be resuming.”

The settlement marks the an end to the row sparked by Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League in 2007 and means an independent tribunal to look into the so-called Tevez affair will no longer go ahead Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The Argentina international moved to Manchester United in August 2007 and the dispute between the clubs began when Sheffield United appealed to the Premier League claiming that Tevez, deemed to have had a key role in West Ham’s top-flight survival, was ineligible to play for the London club under league rules regarding third-party ownership.

Tevez was cleared to play for the rest of the season and scored the winning goal at Manchester United on the final day of the season to complete the club’s unlikely escape from the drop.

Sheffield had originally claimed 45 million pounds as compensation for their relegation in the 2006-07 season. The compensation claim began after Sheffield successfully argued that Tevez’s participation in crucial matches in the 2006-07 season, while in breach of Premier League third-party rules, played a material role in their eventual relegation.

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