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Villa - West Ham Statement

Villa - West Ham Statement

Villa have released a statement surrounding the West Ham situation and the possibility of legal action following their survival.

It reads:

There has been much speculation surrounding the potential of legal action against the Premier League's sanction on West Ham United and their fielding of ineligible players.

Aston Villa's position is that we have been following the Premier League's agreed strategy and we are awaiting a detailed update in the next few days, when we are expecting an explanation of some of the complexities of this scenario.


No doubt the dealings at West Ham were 'dodgy' BUT it is my belief that the 20 Premier League chairmen agreed the three members of the independent committee (all lawyers I believe) and signed an agreement to go with whatever the tribunal said. The decision was a £5.5million fine as opposed to the docking of points. If Dave Whelan or the other chairman did sign an agreement to be bound by the terms, then I'm sorry, tough! If not, then this could play and play.

The issue at hand has to be why the FA and PL don't have set rules and also, why is it one rule for one and not for others? (eg AFC Wimbledon were docked 18 points - later amended to 3 for a similar infraction. Bury were thrown out of the FA Cup for a breach of rules, even the likes of Rotherham and more recently Leeds were docked 10 points for going into receivership). So if the penalties are clear for others, why weren't they clear for West Ham? Do the FA no longer control the PL, if that is the case, then it should be made clear to us all.

It can't be that difficult to set the rules, lets face it, if we get caught speeding we know we'll get 3 points on our license + a fine. Sort it out FA and PL, the last thing this game needs is for relegation and/or promotion to be decided in the courts.

To be fair, West Ham should be fined for fielding Tevez anyway, puts me right off my dinner looking at that ugly mug, although if Villa were to buy him, I'd get over that, what a player!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday May 15 2007
Time: 11:30AM


If there was ever any doubt about the registration of Tevez (and West Ham subsequently pleaded guilty) he should have been suspended pending the findings of the enquiry. This is the normal proceedure in any other industry. To allow an illegal player to have an influence on games is an injustice for which an £5.5 million fine cannot compensate. There is a precendent that has been set for this...........the last time West Ham fielded an illegal player they were forced to replay the match.........against Villa in the League Cup. They should be forced to replay the games in which he has played or failing that be docked a point for every game.
15/05/2007 11:44:00
West Ham lied, and they admitted they lied. Scum bags dont deserve to be in this league.
15/05/2007 12:03:00
nope I feel for Sheff U
15/05/2007 13:14:00
Fifa will relegate West Ham, Sepp Blatter pretty much said that in a statement to Sky Sports News
15/05/2007 13:47:00
FIFA have now said that they are NOT investigating it.
Adam Deuce
15/05/2007 16:11:00
TheQ that about sums it up. If you play an illegal player in the FA Cup for one game then you are kicked out of the competition (Bury FC for example). This applies to European Games as well. West Sham played two (Tevez and Mascherano) illegal players on three occasions ( I believe) and one (Tevez) illegal player on a further 21 occassions. It is incomprehensible to just be given a fine (which is not a punishment at all in real terms) for these offences. they should be punished by a 3 point penalty for each offence. This would mean a total punishment of 81 points. 41 points to be taken from this season and a 40 point reduction for the start of next season. I can pretty much guarantee that this offence would not happen again!!! The example used ealier regarding the re match against Villa was because the illegal player was on the pitch for 8 minutes as a late substitute (I can not remember his name). That was also a genuine mistake not the blatant lies and deceit that applies to the current offences. Talk of a 3 point ban is a mere smokescreen for the actual severity of the ban they should receive.
15/05/2007 16:26:00
Cant help but feel that West Ham have escaped extremely lightly over this whole sordid affair. They blatantly and knowingly abused the rules, while presumably laughing behind the backs of all other premiership clubs, and yet all they receive as punishment is a mere telling off and a go stand in the corner. Its not right, and in my opinion all other premiership outfits should be demanding a more severe penalty. However, if a code of conduct and punishment has been previously agreed by all clubs, then over-throwing such a lenient penalty is not going to be an easy task.
15/05/2007 17:23:00
glensider your views are almost always spot on. On this particular issue you are correct about abiding by the rules and decisions of an agreed independent body. However we always know that there are many ways to skin a cat. Lets hope that somebody can find a way to skin West Ham ...... the dirty, cheating, lying scumbags. I think that as soon as they became owned by some Icelandic fishermen we should have realised something fishy was going on!!! I think they have had us all in the net. Hook line and sinker. Their plaice is in the championship. Oh my cod, what am I saying. They have kippered us all.
15/05/2007 17:33:00
We need to await the full details when published,by all accounts there is no actual problem with him being registered to play it was just the ownership issue which is why the delay occurred with Mascerano into Liverpools team,Premiership sanctioned the deal in a rush at the end of August - they took West Hams word on issues and they shouldn`t have.
15/05/2007 19:20:00
Tevez has gone back to Argentina anyway i think, he wont be playing for them next season.
15/05/2007 20:22:00
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