25 Sep 2008

West Ham to appeal to Court of Arbitration

6:18 am on 25 September 2008

English Premier League football club West Ham United will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being ordered to pay compensation to Sheffield United over the Carlos Tevez affair.

An English FA arbitration panel ruled in favour of second division United yesterday after they argued that Tevez, now with Manchester United, was ineligible to play for West Ham at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Tevez was one of West Ham's most influential players as they put together a storming finish to the season to escape relegation and send United down on the final day.

Sheffield United estimated that relegation from the Premier League had cost them at least 135 million dollars.

Yesterday's FA arbitration panel ruling did not say how much West Ham would have to pay in compensation, although a figure of 80 million dollars was widely reported.