Hammers have 'nothing to hide' as Tevez saga rumbles on

PUBLISHED: 11:38 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

West Ham have hit back following the latest twist in the Carlos Tevez saga by insisting they have nothing to hide after the FA and Premier League ordered a fresh inquiry into the club's conduct

By Jonathan Clegg

West Ham have hit back following the latest twist in the Carlos Tevez saga by insisting they have 'nothing to hide' after the FA and Premier League ordered a fresh inquiry into the club's conduct this week.

The surprise move to launch a new joint investigation into the affair was announced last Thursday and leaves the Hammers facing the prospect of further sanctions if the club are found guilty of any charges.

The long-running dispute has already proved costly for West Ham, with the club handed a world record £5.5m fine in April 2007 for an admitted breach of Premier League rules in the transfer of the Argentina forward.

The Hammers could now be slapped with a points deduction or another fine if they are found guilty by the new inquiry, but the club deny any further wrongdoing and are confident they will be vindicated by the investigation.

"West Ham will co-operate fully with the joint inquiry convened by the FA and Premier League," the club said in a statement.

"We have acted in good faith throughout the various inquiries and investigations into this matter and fulfilled the undertakings given to the Premier League following the initial penalty.

"We have nothing to hide and will ensure that this is once again reflected in our evidence to the FA and Premier League."

The new inquiry will focus on comments made by Lord Griffiths, the former judge who chaired an arbitration tribunal into the Tevez affair.

The tribunal ruled against the Hammers in their legal battle with Sheffield United, who are seeking compensation for their relegation from the Premier League during the time that Tevez played at Upton Park.

Lord Griffiths arrived at the verdict after ruling that West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury had made assurances to Kia Joorabchian, Tevez's representative, that the club would

privately honour the third-party agreement they had publicly promised to tear up.

In his report, Lord Griffiths said: "If the Premier League had known what Mr Duxbury was saying to Mr Joorabchian's solicitor, we are confident that the Premier League would have suspended Mr Tevez's registration as a West Ham player.

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