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The TimesMay 16, 2007It was Tévez's third party so cry if you want to, but a solution would be betterThe reason a yellow card cannot be changed to a red after the final whistle, even if television evidence shows what appeared to be a careless elbow was in fact a full-blown punch up the hooter, is that a match cannot be rerefereed after the fact. The Premiership rebel clubs, it seems, would like to rereferee the 2006-07 season. So how many points should West Ham United have deducted for breaching rule U18? One? They stay up. Two? They stay up. Or is the punishment that is sought the precise amount of points necessary for Sheffield United to move above them on goal difference, allowing West Ham to drop into the bottom three, now we know the outcome of all 38 matches?Dave Whelan, the Wigan Athletic chairman, has accused the Premier League of creating a new transfer window to allow Tévez to be reregistered, but that is wrong. Tévez was a West Ham player from August 31. He did not need special dispensation. (Actually, once a player is at a club, his status can be changed at any time. Tim Howard was on loan from Everton to Manchester United and the deal became permanent on February 14, 2007, legally and outside the window.)The issue of Tévezââ¬â¢s future transfer fee is also a red herring. Whelan has said that the deal cannot be legal unless West Ham receive the money, but that is incorrect. West Ham own Tévezââ¬â¢s registration and always have; the matter of his transfer fee is a separate issue. Rio Ferdinand, Mark Viduka, Dominic Matteo, Michael Duberry, Eirik Bakke, Danny Mills, Michael Bridges and Olivier Dacourt, for instance, were bought by Leeds United on sale and lease-back deals of the type that allows the club to continue playing at Elland Road without owning it.When Peter Ridsdale, the Leeds chairman at the time, broke the British transfer record for Ferdinand in 2000, someone else paid. This third party was reimbursed by Leeds over the period of the playerââ¬â¢s contract, plus interest. In the event of falling short on payments, Ferdinand could be sold to give the lender his money back. The defenderââ¬â¢s sale to Manchester United in 2002 paid the debt for his purchase, and then some. Others did not. After settling the loan, Leeds would not have received a transfer fee for the sale of many players. This does not mean, however, that they did not own the legal registrations. There are, in fact, similar agreements with banks and lenders throughout football. The situation with Tévez is not unusual.The suggestion that Tévez and Mascherano would not have been able to play for West Ham this season is also false. Even had West Ham disclosed every financial arrangement on the day of the transfer, the players would still have been registered, even with unworkable contracts. The Premier League lawyers would then have spent several days with club lawyers knocking out each contractual arrangement that was not permitted, which is what happened when Mascherano signed for Liverpool.This does not alter the fact that West Hamââ¬â¢s officials lied. But would Tévez and Mascherano still have played this season? Yes. Were they correctly registered as West Ham players? Yes. Is the final destination of the transfer fee an issue? No. And why are the rebel clubs not so vexed about Everton leaving out the first-team goalkeeper against Manchester United because of a gentlemanââ¬â¢s agreement between the clubs? The cynic might suggest because it does not affect them.So we can continue down the path of recrimination or we can act like grown-ups and do something to ensure that this chaos does not happen again. And that begins with abolishing the loan system. Loans from third parties, loans from Europe, loans from Premiership or other English clubs. You buy a player, he is yours. No half-measures and no possibility of third-party interference.Could West Ham have afforded to pay full price for Tévez and Mascherano in August? No? Then there would have been no controversy. Would Manchester United have sold Howard to Everton last summer, knowing they had Edwin van der Sar and Ben Foster in reserve? Yes? Then he could have played against them on April 28.Now do you see the root of the problem? You cannot let something go and keep it. You cannot run your shop with another manââ¬â¢s stock. There is a meeting of Premier League chairmen on May 31 and June 1, with the loan system on the agenda. If the clubs do the right thing, it should be gone by next season. Buy the players you can afford, sell the players you donââ¬â¢t want. And if you run short, thatââ¬â¢s your fault. Next season the club who finish bottom of the Premiership will earn more from central distribution than the winners of the Bundesliga in Germany. There is no excuse for not paying your way any more.The contrary argument is that the loan system benefits the small clubs, giving them access to players they could otherwise not afford. Hardly. Take the trio of goalkeepers at Manchester United. It would have been impossible for Sir Alex Ferguson to have kept Van der Sar, Foster and Howard happy, so one would have left. And that goalkeeper would have been signed by a smaller Premiership club, permanently, with no piece of elastic or gentlemanââ¬â¢s agreement keeping him tied to Old Trafford.As it stands, the richest clubs win both ways. Foster accrues experience at Watford and returns to Old Trafford an England goalkeeper; but if he had been allowed to tire of his lack of opportunity with United, perhaps he would have moved and then another club would have ended up with the best young goalkeeper in the country, increasing competition.Similarly, if clubs had needed to buy Tévez and Mascherano outright, the agents would have had to set a more realistic asking price than ã30 million. The loan system creates an unhealthy paternalistic system; the smaller clubs creeping around their bigger rivals in the hope of receiving a crumb from the plate. Will Arsène Wenger find it in his heart to toss Birmingham City another trio of reserves (no wonder Karren Brady, the City managing director, is one of the systemââ¬â¢s biggest champions)? Will Sir Alex Ferguson bestow the honour of a raw, teenage full back on a managerial protégé?Get rid of it. Get rid of it all. You want a player? You buy him. Your money. Your contract. We can scream and squawk, but it shows what a mess football has become that something so simple is considered a radical idea.
Good journalistic work for once

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smh at "good journalism"The journalist in question is a f*ckin spammer.Its garbage, because its biased.

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I think this sums up the whole legal thingSo how many points should West Ham United have deducted for breaching rule U18? One? They stay up. Two? They stay up. Or is the punishment that is sought the precise amount of points necessary for Sheffield United to move above them on goal difference, allowing West Ham to drop into the bottom three

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