Wednesday, November 26, 2008

From the Guardian online

The legal battle over the Carlos Tevez affair will stretch into the new year after West Ham lodged an appeal against a high court ruling in Sheffield United's favour.

Sheffield United earlier today appeared to have gained the advantage in the saga, after Mr Justice Teare granted a temporary order stopping the Hammers appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a ruling that they had breached Premier League rules in hiring the Argentine.

But the London club have lodged an appeal against the judge's decision to allow Sheffield United to go ahead with their arbitration claim for damages over their relegation from the Premier League last season, and the matter will return to the high court for a full trial next year when Sheffield United will seek a permanent injunction to prevent West Ham appealing to the CAS.

As an attorney, I find the process fascinating.
As a West Ham fan, I find it excruciating.
As a sports fan, I find it ludicrous it has come to this: decisions made in court rooms that should be made on the field of play.

I fail to see how this can be helpful in finding a new buyer. Who wants to spend the money when there is so much uncertainty? Of course, there would probably be a provision in the sale agreement providing for an adjustment depending upon the outcome of the Sheffield matter so it may not be as big as impediment as it seems.

As for now, I linger between excitment and dread. woopee.

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