Blades ruling is a long overdue victory for common senseIt's not about the money. Despite today's ruling in their favour over the Carlos Tevez affair, I'd be surprised if Sheffield United see anything like the £30m they are believed to be claiming, and, to be honest, it wouldn't matter to me if it was 30p or £300m. It's likely to lead to a series of appeals and counter-appeals in any case, in all likelihood heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS; Tribunal Arbitral du Sport or TAS in French) is an arbitration body set up to settle disputes related to sports. . It doesn't matter. The thing that will please Sheffield United supporters, like myself, most of all today is this: "We have no doubt that West Ham Coordinates:
West Ham is a district in the London Borough of Newham, in east London, England, located 6.1 miles (9.8 km) east of Charing Cross. From 1889 to 1965 it formed part of the County Borough of West Ham. would have secured at least three fewer points over the 2006-07 season if Carlos Tevez had not been playing for the club."
That line, taken from an independent tribunal's judgment in favour of United's claim for compensation against West Ham, is what Blades fans have been saying for the best part of two years. There will be the usual bleating bleat
a. The characteristic cry of a goat or sheep.
b. A sound similar to this cry.
2. A whining, feeble complaint.
v. bleat·ed, bleat·ing, bleats
v. – "Sheffield United didn't get enough points on the pitch, so they deserved to go down." The fact is that if the Carlos Tevez had not been playing for West Ham United, which he should not have been, it is they who would have failed to have gain enough points on the pitch and they who would have been relegated. Today's ruling has finally recognised that fact. It probably isn't over yet but this at least offers some closure for United fans still stinging from that miserable afternoon in May.
For United, any compensation is likely to be used to help manage the club's debts and possibly put toward the rebuilding of the Kop. There's no prospect of a flood of high-price signings and on Saturday the Blades will probably extend their worrying run of four league games without a win when they face Watford. In January, if the matter isn't still rumbling on at the CAS, they may be able to push the boat out and sign the half-decent creative midfielder that they've been crying out for for what seems like years. It won't bring back their Premier League status. It won't revolutionise the way we play or get Phil Jagielka Philip Nikodem "Phil" Jagielka (born August 17 1982 in Manchester, England) is an English footballer who plays for Everton F.C. in the English Premier League. Jagielka is known for his versatility, being able to play as a midfielder, defender, and in emergencies has acted as and Michael Tonge Michael William Tonge (Born April 7, 1983 in Manchester, England) is a footballplayer.
Raised in Leigh, Tonge began his football career at Manchester United but moved to Sheffield United at the age of sixteen after being released by the premiership club. back to the club. It won't eradicate the painful memories. It's greatest effect, certainly for the Bramall Lane Bramall Lane Stadium is the home of Sheffield United Football Club in Sheffield, England and is the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional football matches. faithful, is likely to be little more or less than a mass psychological soothing.
Today's decision also raises questions about the leadership of the Premier League. The initial decision to fine West Ham, rather than dock them points - a ruling that precipitated so much - has been shown as the cowardly action it was. The timing – West Ham were charged in at the beginning of March 2007 but the Premier League's decision was not made until the end of April – was idiotic, skewing the relegation RELEGATION, civil law. Among the Romans relegation was a banishment to a certain place, and consequently was an interdiction of all places except the one designated.
2. It differed from deportation. (q.v.) Relegation and deportation agree u these particulars: 1. battle for all the teams involved and favouring none of them, West Ham included. The Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore Richard Scudamore is currently Chief Executive of the F.A. Premier League, a position he has held since October 1999. Newspaper Career
Scudamore worked for 10 years in the newspaper industry, mainly for Thomson. and chairman Dave Richards For the American football player of the same name see David Richards (football player).
Sir Dave Richards (born Walkley, Sheffield, England) is chairman of the FA Premier League, chairman of The Football Foundation, an FA Board Director and vice-chairman of The FA should be considering their positions. A mess that has taken the greater part of two years to sort out (and is still likely to rumble on) should have been solved in a matter of weeks.
For everyone at Bramall Lane today's judgment is reward for a tenacious te·na·cious
1. Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
2. Holding together firmly; cohesive.
viscid; adhesive. battle for justice that has lasted 16 months. West Ham's owners have continually attempted to "draw a line" under the affair. United, and their chairman Kevin McCabe For the English venture capitalist and chairman of Sheffield United Football Club, see .
Kevin McCabe is an American economist and economic theorist who serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics at George Mason University. in particular, have been there at every turn to snap the Hammers' pencil. In a way, this isn't a victory for United and a defeat for West Ham, though it's likely to feel that way for Björgólfur Gumundsson and co particularly as the crime was committed under previous owners. And it's fair to say that Hammers fans aren't particularly happy about it either, in contrast to their Yorkshire counterparts. For me, though, it's a triumph for common sense and all football fans should applaud it.