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Hammers lodge CAS appeal
15 Oct 2008 - 16:11:55
West Ham United have submitted an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Sheffield United's pursuit of compensation from the Carlos Tevez affair.
Last month a Football Association arbitration panel ruled in favour of Sheffield United in their compensation claim against the Hammers.
The Blades were relegated at the end of the 2006-07 season after West Ham were fined £5.5million but not docked any points for fielding ineligible players Tevez and Javier Mascherano, who were owned by a third-party at the time.
The now Championship club are reported to be seeking £30million compensation from the Hammers, who have lodged an appeal with the Lausanne-based court.
"(CAS) confirms that a statement of appeal has been filed by West Ham United football club against Sheffield United football club with respect to the interim award of 18 September 2008 that was rendered by an arbitration panel of the English Football Association (FA)," read a CAS statement.
"West Ham United requests the annulment of the FA arbitration panel's award."
However, the appeal could well result in swift failure as CAS has yet to say whether it has jurisdiction to rule on the case.
The statement went on to read: "CAS has initiated an arbitration procedure and will first examine its jurisdiction as a preliminary issue after both clubs have had the opportunity to file written submissions on this point.
"For the moment, no decision has been made with respect to the holding of a hearing. In any event, a decision on jurisdiction is not to be expected before the end of November 2008."