While the calculations reported in newspaper state that Blades might receive approximately £30 million for the relegation, Chairman Kevin McCabe said it cost United no less than £50 million in lost revenues.
He recently stated, “I can confirm that both clubs have been notified of ruling. 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.”
What is curious is that the club statement raises another question, the one about intervention by Premier League in the future.
The club statement read, “The Blades began their legal fight for reinstatement some 16 months which also included arbitration hearing against the Premier League. This award could now pose question as to what the Premier League will do.”
A West Ham spokesperson stated for BBC Radio 4, “We need to digest the full findings of the arbitration panel and will consult our lawyers on next steps we might take before making any further comment.”
The matter is not over yet and West Ham may appeal on the ruling through the Court of Arbitration for Sports. However, their decision whether to appeal or not will most likely depend on the final figure that the arbitration panel will define as compensation for relegation.
Just like Sheffield United, West Ham also pointed out possibility they may withdraw from debate while consulting legal representatives and they added: “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
The Football Association arbitration panel ruled in favour of Sheffield United in the claim from West Ham regarding the Carlos Tevez affair.
Even if the final figure has yet to be confirmed, reports indicate that West Ham might have to pay the Blades approximately £30 million to compensate their income loss after they were relegated to the Championship in May 2007.
The FA failed to penalize the Hammers any points, even if the club broke a number of rules in the purchase of Tevez and Javier Mascherano by not explaining the relation between the players and Media Sports Investments (MSI). According to Premier League rules, a third party can own no player.
The FA penalized the East London side club with only £5.5 million based on the decision of an independent panel, less than a month before the end of the 2006/07 campaign.
One of the crucial reasons West Ham had such a superb form at the end of the season was Tevez, who saved them from relegation by scoring the only goal in the game at Manchester United.
After failing to overturn the relegation from the Premier League, Sheffield United concentrated on the compensation for the income loss they suffered because they were relegated.
On the official website of the club www.sufc.co.uk, one can read their statement in which they claim success in the above mentioned case, even if the real nature of the compensation is still unclear.
Sepp Blatter’s comments make you wonder why the FIFA president is so concerned about what one footballer wants rather than the organisation as a whole. Many are speculating that there is a hidden agenda or agreement between the famous footballer and the FIFA president. If so, what would be the drive behind the agreement? A future contract? Both sides will gain for as long as both sides are happy, but the chance of Ronaldo threatening to quit and lose the lifestyle he is accustomed to isn’t very likely.
The organisation needs to have a certain set of rules, not only to keep the peace, but also to define a set of limits and equality. Otherwise, the best football team would translate into the one that has the most money. Not that this isn’t so now, only that this division would become considerably more defined. Also how much can even the richest clubs afford to pay out to their players before they can no longer afford to keep going?
The comments made by Sepp Blatter were not only ridiculous but dangerous as well. His remarks could signal a swift end to his career. Instead of focusing on pampering favourites, the league needs someone who will promote a brother-ship between the teams. In the end, without this one important component the entire league will falter.
Early in July of 2008, FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused Manchester United of holding Cristiano Ronaldo as a slave because they will not allow him to join Real Madrid. In fact, he continued by encouraging the three sides to work together saying that players in today’s game need protection.
Blatter went on to explain how forcing Ronaldo to play with Manchester against his will would act like poison on entire team and Ronaldo is seen as a small active volcano like Rinjani Mountain for others team players. He feels that transfer system is simply too unfair to those out on pitch. FIFA feels that player should have the freedom to move freely between teams. UEFA argues that this new pattern of thinking, initiated by Bosman ruling, has forced salaries to plummet.
This brings up some serious questions in a few different areas. First of all, football players are slaves? How in the world does getting paid £120,000 a week and £29 million in four years translate into slavery? Ronaldo’s home is bigger than many of the homes in England.
Let’s not mention that fine piece of metal he drives around in. As added bonus, consider some of the women he has been seen with. They require a certain amount of income to get them vaguely interested!
When was the last time you saw a slave living that sort of lifestyle? Granted, Ronaldo doesn’t have the freedom to come and go to whatever team happens to wink at him the right way, but he wasn’t concerned about that when he signed the big fat contract.
Rooney’s emergence was national news, while Agbonlahor seems to have crept through the back door at Villa. Whether Agbonlahor is a better striker than Rooney is a debatable issue, but having the media spotlight sometimes helps a player work out his kinks, other times it harms the player.
For Agbonlahor to reach the apex of his potential he will have to start finishing his chances. With midfielder like Ashley Young providing him with chances, there is no question that Gabby should be scoring more goals than he currently does. But it takes more hard work to be prolific scorer for one’s country. Andy Cole who wish to have a long holiday at a luxurious hotel in Hong Kong, was fine goal scorer for Manchester United, but wasn’t much of goal scorer for England. There has to be mix of talent, hard work and never die attitude from player if he is to succeed on international level.
The future is bright for Agbonlahor, but it’s up to him to grasp his chances and make the nation take note. If he is to be considered a great international player he will have to improve on every aspect of his game, learning to mix the sublime with the scrappy. On the international stage, speed counts less than effectiveness. The more you make the keep dig for the goal the more fans will shout your name with affection. In the long run he may prove to be fine striker for England in Lineker or Owen mould, but for now there is a lot of work ahead for him.
If you’re a defender the last thing you want to see is Gabriel Agbonlahor running towards you. The young striker uses his youth to its best effect when he enters the playing field, and no defender is spared from his lethal speed. In a team full of speedy youngsters, you get the feeling that Gabby is the fastest because of his unending desire to put the ball in the back of the net. Such is his aptitude for the game that he is often dejected when unable to play as a result of injury. While other players look as if they are simply doing a job, this young Villain approaches the game like a child would, viewing it as plain and simple fun.
Gabby’s attitude and ability have prompted many to suggest that he is ready to lead the England front line. While he is definitely talented with youthful exuberance, his ability in front of the goal can often leave fans frustrated. Agbonlahor is not a prolific goal scorer. In order to replace the often missed Michael Owen in the England shirt, a player must put the ball in the back of the net with regularity.
Being a prolific goal scorer is a problem Agbonlahor shared with Wayne Rooney who probably is on honeymoon trip in a private hotel in Hanoi. And while Rooney has been given plenty of time to discover his scoring touch, Agbonlahor might not be given the same amount of time.
In the meantime, we can’t understand why WAGs are so annoyed over apparently nothing. A PR manager linked to Clancy has said that Clancy turned down the offer to be on show months ago. Hey WAGs, check the press.
Staying with our fake WAG, Clancy has revealed that her former boyfriend, Peter Crouch who plays for Liverpool and England dumped her via a fax message. This happened just minutes before she was due to be a guest on the Richard & Judy Show, screened on Channel 4.
She told OK! that just two minutes before she appeared on the show, one of the show’s producers approached her and told her that they had received a fax from Crouch. The fax was the break-up note and therefore she could not say she and Crouch were together.
Clancy was shocked by the note. According to her, she thought that she and Crouch were fine.
Crouch took no chances after breaking up with Clancy. He sent out legal notices to the press informing them he had broken up with Clancy and wanted nothing to do with her because of the cocaine scandal.
The WAG must have really been saddened, but hey, isn’t that supposed to be ‘normal’ in WAG’s life? You hook up and get dumped all the time. Currently, the former WAG is on the show Britain’s Next Top Model. I am very sure that soon she will be in the press again with new fish on her hook. Happy fishing!