THIS has just been posted on the Premier League website…
The Premier League and the FA are to institute a joint inquiry into the views expressed by the Independent Arbitral Tribunal chaired by Lord Griffiths in September 2008, which dealt with a compensation claim by Sheffield United against West Ham United brought under FA rules. The joint inquiry will examine whether the conduct of West Ham United immediately after the Independent Disciplinary Commission’s decision of 27th April 2007 amounted to further breaches of Premier League or FA rules.
I don’t mind admitting that I am totally baffled by this. What on earth do they mean by “the conduct of WHU after 27 April”. Can anyone shed any light?
Will this nightmare ever end? It seems to me that someone, somewhere is determined that we’re going to be docked points at some stage or other.
UPDATE: I understand this all relates to verbal promises allegedly made by Scott Duxbury to Kia Joorabchian. I’m very depressed on a number of fronts. Firstly that the question of points being docked raises its ugly head again. Secondly, while the very fact that the inquiry is being launched will make our star players have second thoughts about staying. And thirdly we may now be getting rid of a couple of players who we may well need if the worst happens.
Fun being a Hammers fan, innit?
UPDATE 3.40pm: The Club has issued the following statement…
In response to today’s announcement from The FA and the Premier League, West
Ham United in a statement said: “West Ham United will co-operate fully with
the joint inquiry convened by The FA and Premier League. “We have acted in
good faith throughout the various inquiries and investigations into this
matter and fulfilled the undertakings given to the Premier League following
the initial penalty. “We have nothing to hide and will ensure that this is
once again reflected in our evidence to The FA and Premier League.”