Sheffield United demand £45m from West Ham over Tevez affair

27 February 2009 11:34
Sheffield United are claiming £45.5million when they face West Ham

at an arbitration hearing next month.

The Blades insist the staggering figure is the cost of their relegation from the Premier League two season ago because of the Carlos Tevez affair.

Tevez, now with Manchester United

, scored West Ham's winner against his current employers on the final day to keep his side up and send the Yorkshire club down.



That goal: Tevez beats Edwin van der Sar to keep the Hammers in the top flight

Sheffield United originally claimed £30m but have produced a detailed breakdown of figures taking into account loss of TV revenue, falling gate receipts, depreciation in player values and a decline in sponsorship.

The hearing to decide how much compensation they should receive will start on March 16.

A tribunal, chaired by Lord Griffiths, ruled Tevez would not have been allowed to play if West Ham had been honest about the status of his third-party registration.

The Hammers have been fined £5.5m for breaching League rules over third-party agreements and it is now up to Lord Griffiths to decide the final payout.

He told The Sun: 'We have no doubt Tevez's services were worth at least three points to West Ham over the season and were what made the difference between them staying in the Premier League and being relegated.'

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Source: Daily_Mail