17 Mar 2009

Tevez affair is over

5:50 am on 17 March 2009

The English football clubs West Ham United and Sheffield United have reached an out-of-court settlement regarding a long running dispute over Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.

It marks 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 not go ahead.

The Argentina international moved on to Manchester United in August 2007 but 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.

West Ham were fined a record 15 million dollars by the Premier League in April, 2007 over the transfers of Tevez and compatriot Javier Mascherano but escaped a points deduction which would have effectively sealed their relegation.

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 United failed in their bid to be re-instated to the Premier League but subsequently launched an arbitration claim for damages against West Ham who then filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

Neither club disclosed the amount West Ham would be paying Sheffield United in compensation but media reported it to be around 40 million dollars.