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Fri 27 April 2007

STOP : Hammer Fine

As many predicted, West Ham have been punished for there 'transfer dealings' of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

A record fine of £5.5 million was issued to the club but most importantly West Ham were NOT deducted any points.

The consists of 2.5 million pounds for rule-breaking and 3.0 million pounds for the non-disclosure. The Premier League were given the right to terminate Tevez's registration. West Ham have until noon Saturday 28th April to register Tevez.

A statement on the clubs official site said : "West Ham United Football Club was given an opportunity to present its case and received a fair hearing.

"The club's submission that the contracts gave no actual influence to any third party was accepted by the commission.

"The club has not been found guilty of fielding an unregistered player and speculation about a likely points deduction has proved to be unfounded.

"The club regrets the fact that they fell foul of the FA Premier League regulations, but the new owners of the club now want to focus on matters on the pitch and remaining in the Premiership.

"The club believes that promotion and relegation issues should be decided on the pitch and we are pleased that the commission agree with that view.

"The club will reflect on the financial penalty that has been imposed and will take advice before commenting on the possibility of an appeal or any further steps that might be taken."

Incase your were wondering, the 'FA Christmas Party Kitty' will not be the lucky recipient of the £5.5 million. Instead, it will go to an FA Charity. Here's hoping that Charity is called the 'Steve McLaren Contract Pay Off Fund'.

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