UK time is: 13:43:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The West Ham Debate

Whether West Ham should have been given a points deduction as well as (or instead) of a fine, and why Tevez was allowed to play has aroused considerable controversy among English football fans. I don't want to write an immediate kneejerk reaction piece, particularly given that my own team is in the Premiership relegation mix.

The complexities are quite considerable, and the underlying principles far from clear. In the meantime, you can look at why the panel took the decision it did at West Ham . The Tevez aspect of the story is probably even more complex than the fine and an interesting example of how a news story evolves. When I first went on air for Sky by phone at 1.50 p.m., the Premiership line was that he 'can' play against Wigan but not that he 'could'.

By the time the satellite truck arrived after 4, the feed I was getting from the studio was that it would too complicated to sort out all the formalities required by Saturday. But, hey presto, it was all solved by that evening and Tevez played.

I have no doubt that everything was done properly. However, the Premiership was at pains to emphasise that it wanted to maintain a good relationship with West Ham. Leaving aside the issue of not wanting to punish West Ham's fans, which was mentioned as a factor in the decision, does the Premiership want to lose West Ham? They get good home crowds, they have a strong away following, they have recently been taken over by new owners and because of the way they play football (positively) they usually provide good television viewing. So looked at from a purely commercial viewpoint, their relegation would not make good sense.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 1 2007

Time: 10:54AM

Your Comments

They should have been given a points deduction but surprise, suprise they got away with it. 5 million quid is feck all in the premier league and they know it.
wemaybefamousagain
I agree. If it gives Sheff Utd. more chance of going down, i am all for it lol!
wallis
It's a joke, since when has the League considered the fans??? Rotherhams fans got no mercy, and neither should West Hams. The club has CHEATED the rules. Take the points off them, and banish them to the Championship. I bet if it were a Wigan or a Watford involved the League would have deducted points.
RedSmedDownUnder
I'm surprised they weren't docked points
Johnny Kipper
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Forest v Rovers: Match Preview (Friday October 24 2014)

Stats: Watford v Nottingham Forest (Friday October 24 2014)

All MikHail Antonio!! (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Watford v Forest Championship Preview (Monday October 20 2014)

No Bargain Hunt!!! (Friday October 17 2014)

Archived Nottingham Forest Articles

List All Vital Forest Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. PVH 412
2. Jimmy Gordon 325
3. JWJW 232
4. Calvin Plummer 229
5. i am a tree 201
6. da fuq 190
7. the jock 183
8. arthursleftball 174
9. Ingy 169
10. LyttleByLyttle 156

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Bournemouth 1 - 2 Forest
Watford 2 - 2 Forest
Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Forest
Millwall 0 - 0 Forest
Cardiff 2 - 1 Forest
Wigan 0 - 0 Forest

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Bournemouth 14 7 3 4 14 24
5. Middlesbrough 14 7 3 4 7 24
6. Norwich 14 6 5 3 10 23
7. Forest 14 5 7 2 7 22
8. Blackburn 14 6 4 4 1 22
9. Charlton 14 5 7 2 1 22
10. Ipswich 14 5 6 3 4 21

Breaking League News

Meet the Ref: Ipswich Town
Blackpool : 30/10/2014 13:18:00
Head to Head: Ipswich
Blackpool : 30/10/2014 13:06:00
Blackpool announce Clark
Blackpool : 30/10/2014 12:56:00
Former Manager Appointed By Seasiders
Huddersfield : 30/10/2014 12:19:00
Forest Snap Up Ince Ahead Of Yorkshire Trip
Huddersfield : 30/10/2014 12:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Djamel Abdoun is yet to find a new club - would you keep him to see if he can turn his Forest career
Suggested By:  OKD
Yes - given current injuries 68%
No - get rid asap 32%