THE VOTE West Ham stay in the Premier League, Sheffield United stay in the Championship. Right call?

Ollie Irish

4th, July 2007


WSC_small_vide_cover.jpgA final decision to uphold Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League was made yesterday. An arbitration panel decided that the Premier League was correct to not dock West Ham points over the registration of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. The panel stated: “The tribunal had much sympathy for Sheffield United’s grievances. However, the tribunal had to apply the principles of judicial review and determine whether the decision was irrational or perverse. This is a very strict test and is very difficult to satisfy. It concluded that it was impossible for this tribunal to find that the decision was irrational or perverse.”
Whether you agree with them or not, you can hardly claim that Sheffield United ran their campaign with dignity. But did the panel make the correct decision?

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  1. Andrew II says:

    Hammers should clearly have been docked points – even the panel yesterday said that. But, they weren’t, so Sheff Utd should just move on.

  2. Dom says:

    The whole thing has been a disgrace. What’s £5.5m to old Eggert? Points should have been deducted, as those are the rules, but they weren’t and the Premier League was in the wrong. They then proceeded to tell everyone not to bother contesting it because they didn’t care.
    So they then set up a commission who decided points should’ve been deducted, but were powerless to do anything about it anyway. Go figure. If it had been Wigan, or Boro, maybe even Fulham, the points would’ve been taken away. What puts West Ham above the rules that are supposed to govern everyone?

  3. xorg says:

    Erm, Sheffiekd Utd could have avoided the drop by playing better and winning more games regardless of the rights and wrongs of West Ham’s transfer mullarkey business.

  4. Andrew II says:

    Sure, but had Sheffield United cheated like West Ham, and got a world class player out of it, maybe they would have played better and won more.

  5. Joe says:

    If rules were applied that strictly, Sheffield United should have been docked points over the Steve Kabba affair, which was essentially a third-party infringement case as well. Don’t judge by double standards.