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Blades seek Hammers compensation
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Sheffield United have started legal action in order to gain compensation from West Ham following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Blades went down after an independant panel upheld a League decision not to dock the Hammers points over the signing of Carlos Tevez.

United have estimated the cost of their relegation at between 30m-50m.

The Blades claim they have new evidence concerning West Ham's termination of Tevez's third-party ownership.

Statement: Sheff Utd spokesman Toby Craig

United are seeking West Ham's agreement to go to arbitration through the Football Association in order to settle their claim.

A Blades spokesman said: "After consideration and discussion with our legal advisers Sheffield United are today initiating legal proceedings against West Ham United.

"We are seeking substantial compensation for our relegation from the Premier League.

"This action is distinct from the arbitration proceedings between the club and the Premier League during the close season.

Surely United's case should be against the PL and not the Hammers


"We have always said that we will do everything in our power to secure justice for Sheffield United and restore the integrity of English football which has been tarnished by this affair.

"Once proceedings have been issued we will await a response from West Ham before making any further statements."

The Blades recently failed in their High Court bid to force the Premier League to take disciplinary action against West Ham.

United took their case to the High Court after an arbitration panel rejected their claim against the Premier League, which failed to deduct points from the Hammers over the transfers of Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

The Hammers were found guilty of entering into an agreement which allowed a third party to influence the club and of deliberately deceiving the League by failing to inform them of the agreement.

The independent commission's verdict in April said West Ham had committed "an obvious and deliberate breach of the rules" and held them "responsible for dishonesty and deceit."

The Hammers, who avoided the drop by three points, were fined a record 5.5m by the Premier League.

The Blades claim West Ham gained an unfair advantage by signing an illicit player in Tevez, who has since signed for Premier League champions Manchester United.

THIS IS GOING TO GO ON FOREVER THIS IS " it wasnt us it was them who owned the player so sue them"

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