On this day in 2007: West Ham ‘draw a line’ over Tevez-Mascherano affair

West Ham tried to “draw a line” under the controversial signatures of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano after being fined £5.5million that day in 2007.

The club were sanctioned by the Independent Premier League Committee following a two-day hearing, but avoided a points deduction and subsequently vacated the relegation places.

Eggert Magnusson, who was the club’s chairman at the time of the hearing but was not involved in the signings, said in a statement: “I think it is now time to put an end to this matter.

West Ham have been reprimanded for their signings of Carlos Tevez (left) and Javier Mascherano (Sean Dempsey/PA)

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“The fine imposed on us was very significant but we accept that mistakes have been made and now is the time to move on.

“Our intention as a club is to be totally focused on Sunday’s game (at Manchester United). We know that our fate, like all other clubs, will be decided where it should be, on the pitch.”

But a number of the Hammers’ relegation rivals were furious at the news, with Sheffield United one of four clubs threatening legal action.

Sheffield United plc chairman Kevin McCabe said: “It’s not so much about getting a reward as it is about protecting our position in the hope that the premier league reconsider their decision and appoint a new tribunal.

Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe has claimed the signings have led the Premier League to ‘anarchy’ (Neil Tingle/PA)

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“The original decision found West Ham guilty but the sanction imposed undermines the governance of the Premier League and invites anarchy. It is a snub to all clubs and their supporters.

“It was an unfair penalty. We might as well field all the illegal players every week. Here is West Ham still playing an international whose signing broke the rules. It’s just not on.

The Blades finished in the last relegation spot, with West Ham three places but only three points ahead of them after Tevez scored in a 1-0 win against Manchester United the last day.

Carlos Tevez, right, celebrates his winner against Manchester United which ensured West Ham’s survival in the Premier League (Martin Rickett/PA)

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He then signed for the Red Devils that summer, before later fueling further controversy with a move to rivals Manchester City.

Mascherano, meanwhile, barely played for the Hammers before moving to Liverpool, initially on loan. He reached a Champions League final with the Reds before enjoying huge success with Barcelona.

On this day in 2007: West Ham ‘draw a line’ over Tevez-Mascherano affair

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