Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hammers Confident over New Tevez Twist; Upton Spark: Former West Ham Striker Carlos Tevez Beats Manchester United Keeper Edwin Van der Sar before Joining the Club after His Controversial Spell with the Hammers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hammers Confident over New Tevez Twist; Upton Spark: Former West Ham Striker Carlos Tevez Beats Manchester United Keeper Edwin Van der Sar before Joining the Club after His Controversial Spell with the Hammers

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Byline: Ken Dyer

WEST HAM remained hopeful today that the Premier League will take no further action regarding the Carlos Tevez affair, despite instigating a new inquiry together with the Football Association.

A club insider revealed that, while they were "surprised" that the Premier League, who fined the Upton Park club [pounds sterling]5.5million for breaking League rules on the registration of Tevez, are reopening the case, they will co-operate fully with any investigation.

Chief executive Scott Duxbury's position at the club also remains solid despite this new twist in what is becoming a long, drawn-out football saga.

The Premier League want to look at the case again following the latest independent commission's findings, in which chairman Justice Griffiths had questioned whether West Ham had, in fact, torn up the third-party agreement regarding Tevez for the last three matches of the season as stated to the Premier League at the time.

In his findings, Griffiths said: "If the Premier League had known what Mr Duxbury for West Ham was saying to Mr [Kia] Joorabchian's solicitor following the commission's decision, we are confident that the Premier League would have suspended Mr Tevez's registration as a West Ham player." Joorabchian was Tevez's agent at the time and his lawyer, Graham Shear, gave evidence to the Griffiths' commission in which he said that Duxbury had provided verbal assurances that the third-party agreement still existed, despite the chief executive having informed the Premier League that the deal had been terminated.

West Ham have maintained that the third-party agreement had been torn up as stated while they intended to wait until after the season before discussing a summer transfer for Tevez with Joorabchian. .

West Ham have 14 days in which to submit evidence.

Manager Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, has reiterated his desire to keep his big players and has assured the club's fans he has a good relationship with Wales striker Craig Bellamy, who is still being linked with a move to Manchester City. …

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