Fresh twist to Tevez saga for West Ham

LONDON - Sheffield United players are seeking compensation from West Ham United for loss of earnings, their lawyer said on Tuesday in a fresh twist in the long-running dispute over Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.

LONDON - Sheffield United players are seeking compensation from West Ham United for loss of earnings, their lawyer said on Tuesday in a fresh twist in the long-running dispute over Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.

On Monday, the clubs reached an out-of-court settlement for compensation to seemingly end the row that was sparked by Sheffield United's relegation from the Premier League in 2007.

Sheffield United sought payment because Tevez, deemed to have had a key role in West Ham's top-flight survival that year, was ineligible to play for the London club under league rules regarding third-party ownership.

He is now at Manchester United.

Despite the clubs' settlement, some members of Sheffield United's 2007 squad are pursuing personal compensation.

"I have been in correspondence with the lawyers acting on behalf of West Ham FC for some time now," players' lawyer Chris Farnell told Reuters in an e-mail.

"The players' claim will continue irrespective of the settlement between the clubs."

British newspaper The Times reported that some 20 players were seeking 4 to 5 million pounds (55,8 - 69,8 million rand) in total.

West Ham later released a statement saying they had received no formal legal claims from Sheffield United players or former manager Neil Warnock, who said he was seeking legal advice about making his own claim.

They also warned that the ruling could have wider repercussions for the game with endless legal claims and counter-claims. - Reuters

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