Posted: 9/24/2008


      No, not the current situation where West Ham United lost an arbitration case and have to pay Sheffield United up to $60 million, but at the beginning of the season when Ronnie Ronaldo brought a quartet of working girls into town on the Trans-Pennine Express from Yorkshire to 'entertain' Tevez, Anderson and other Latino newcomers to Old Trafford with fun and games with the Yorkshire lasses at his Cheshire mansion!!

     As you may remember both Carlos Tevez and Javier Macherano were brough to West Ham from South America and with great performances at the end of season kept the Hammers up and sent the Blades down to The Championship on the final day of the season. West Ham were eventually fined about $11 million, but worth it for the riches that the EPL bring into their coffers.  It was an illegal transfer since the ownership of the players was 'third party' and banned now in English soccer. F.A. rules allowed for clubs with a legal dispute to go before an independent tribunal, which ruled in favour of Sheffield United yesterday, but has yet to announce a financial penalty.

   Tevez moved to Manchester on loan and so impressed Sir Alex Ferguson that he was bought outright recently, while Mascherano moved to Anfield and Liverpool FC. GOVERNANCE is very important in soccer and indeed world sport, and we have witnessed points being docked when clubs are not run correctly. Leeds United were docked 15 points last season and Rotherham United and Luton Town are in even worse shape this season. West Ham and new manager Zola would have to sell all their star names, and so will probably appeal the ruling to The International Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

   OH WHAT JOY !! to see Arsenal win 6-0 against the luckless Blades at The Emirates last night with 7 teenagers and an average age for the team of just 19. Thank you Arsene for bringing sanity to the game. I saw manager Arsene Wenger blood some of his young talent at Blackburn Rovers a fortnight ago. This time Mexican teenager Carlos Vela scored a hat-trick, and 16 year old Jack Wilshere, still at school,scored his first ever goal for the Gunners.