West Ham’s bid to avoid a £30m payout over the Carlos Tevez affair looks set to fail after the Court of Arbritration for Sport (CAS) said it would be unable to consider the case.
“We would need agreement from Sheffield United and for Football Association rules to allow an appeal to CAS,” CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb told the BBC.
Sheffield Utd are seeking £30 million in damages after a Football Association-appointed tribunal ruled that Tevez had been vital in keeping West Ham in the Premier League two seasons ago when he was not eligible to play for them because of contractual irregulariti
In light of that decision, it is unlikely United would agree to a CAS hearing that would carry the risk of the FA tribunal’s decision being overturned.
News of the setback for the Hammers came as it emerged that at least ten Sheffield United players have taken legal advice over the possibility of suing West Ham for earnings lost as a result of relegation.