If you are a West Ham United fan or Sheffield United fan it is impossible to forget the end of the 2006/2007 season. The Hammers avoided relegation on the strength of Carlos Tevez’s heroics while Sheffield United was sent down despite the fact that Tevez never should have been allowed to join West Ham.
The controversy led to calls for West Ham to be sent down and Sheffield United kept up, but that never seemed likely to happen. Now, some 17 months later, Sheffield United is set to receive compensation for the fiasco. An FA panel has ruled in Sheffield United’s favor and the League Championship club could wind up being awarded upwards of £30 million from West Ham.
That isn’t exactly chump change, especially for a West Ham club that recently saw its shirt sponsor go bankrupt.
Here are some other stories from this morning and Monday to get your day started:
Carvalho and Deco sidelined
Chelsea’s Portuguese duo of Deco and Ricardo Carvalho are both set to be sidelined for weeks after suffering injuries on Sunday. Carvalho is set to miss a month with knee ligament damage suffered during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw vs. Manchester United. Deco is expected to be out two weeks with a thigh muscle tear suffered in pre-game warm-ups on Sunday.
Trezeguet out for year
Juventus striker David Trezeguet is set to miss the rest of the year, and will be sidelined for up to five months, after surgery to repair a knee injury suffered in Juve’s Champions League 1-0 win vs. Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
Juventus will need to lean on new signing Amauri to partner with veteran striker Alessandro Del Piero as the club attempts to challenge Inter Milan for the Serie A title.
Newcastle’s Nigerian takeover gains steam
The rumored move by Nigerian investors to buy Newcastle is gaining steam and now the latest buzz has the group reinstating former manager Kevin Keegan if its takeover bid is successful.
“They will bring back Kevin Keegan immediately as manager and there will be £75m made available to buy players," said a consultant for the group.
Could Newcastle join Manchester City as another EPL team boosted by foreign money and turned into a power player? It is entirely possible.
What do you think of thise stories? Surprised to see Sheffield United win its case against West Ham? Do you see Chelsea slipping up without Deco and Carvalho? Do you see Juventus falling behind Inter without Trezeguet?
Share your thoughts below.