West Ham United & Sheffield United – Friends At Last?

Almost two years after the event, and at a considerably lower price than the offenders might have expected, Sheffield United and West Ham United have finally reached a settlement over the aftermath of the Carlos Tevez affair. I noted on here a couple of years ago that there was a slightly grubby element to the whole story – it was proof, as if proof were needed, that money is now the driving force between the Premier League. West Ham United, desperate to maintain their Premier League status, didn’t so much bend the rules as twist them into a complex piece of sculpture. Sheffield United, relegated on the final day of the season, played the Sword of Damocles card and, hungry for vengeance, gave every impression of wanting to drive West Ham to the wall with their desire for compensation. Having at first decided that they deserved over £30m in compensation (an amount of money that would have seriously jeopardised West Ham’s future), the settlement reached seems to display at least a modicum of common sense. The final figure agreed is £15m, to be paid in instalments. However, in a peculiar twist to the story, a number of lice are now coming out of the woodwork claiming that they too should be compensated for, well, West Ham not getting relegated in 2007. Top of the pile is Neil Warnock, their...

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