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Are West Ham set to be made an example of?

Football FanCast
columnist
Rob Facey sympathises with West Ham after the FA have
demanded to have the final say on the Carlos Tevez affair, and argues whether
their involvement can mean only one thing?

West Ham are furious with the FA after demanding the final
say on the Carlos Tevez affair, according to reports.

The Daily Mail reprinted
parts of a letter the FA have written to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for
Sport, stating that they do not recognise the body as a final right of appeal.

West Ham were hopeful that CAS would be able to settle the
dispute, where £30m is at risk for the London club, but the FA have put an end
to that hope by demanding that they give the final ruling.

Alistair Maclean,
the FA's head of legal and business affairs, wrote in the letter:

"The FA's position is that any award made by an
arbitration tribunal convened under FA Rules is final and binding on the
parties. FA Rules do not provide for right of appeal to CAS."

The £30m
decision, if it goes against West Ham, would seriously affect their season
which has already started to take a turn for the worst despite a bright start
under Gianfranco Zola.

XL's capitulation
due to the credit crunch, as well as the owner's banking troubles, means that
money is tight at Upton Park and transfers are probably not going to happen in
January, but the FA's call that CAS's ruling will not be sufficient is probably
the surest sign that there will be a heavy punishment.

Is the FA's
insistence to get involved with the final ruling a worry for West Ham fans, or
do they think that the suits at Soho Square will cut them some slack?

The actual
findings as to how and to what extent they broke the rules regarding player
registration is still fuzzy, but that is typical FA opaqueness.

Surely then, it
is quite rich for the FA to start throwing their weight around now?

However, it is
likely that the only reason they are worried about CAS settling the case is
because they want to see the London club punished for ‘rule-breaking'?

Do fans feel like
the club is being used as an example by the FA, especially after the Premier
League has already fined them? What more needs to be said on the matter?

 

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