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The Tevezcherano saga has – whether you realised it or not – been simmering away in the background since the end of the 2007 season and has reached boiling point once again. Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe claims an independent tribunal has found in favour of his club as they seek £30m in compensation from West Ham.

Another tribunal will set the amount of compensation at a later date, and it is unlikely that even that will put an end to the matter. West Ham are reportedly now considering an appeal and could decide to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Blades’ frustration is understandable, but surely a time has to come when they draw a line under the events – regardless of how hard done by they feel – and move on. There is no use in relentlessly pursuing the issue. They will end up some obsessive club in the Blue Square Premier League still talking about how they were robbed of Premier League football. There is no good that can come of continuing to focus on this issue – it is to the detriment of the club’s current performances.

Besides which, there is no outcome which can be reached which does not risk throwing English football into total chaos. And there is barely a person left in West Ham’s off-field hierarchy who remain at the club from when the controversial transfers were made. Will they force the Hammers’ new owners to pay up for the previous regime’s mistakes? Or promote a hopelessly under-equipped Sheffield United into the Premier League, while West Ham move to Championship with the burden of Lucas Neill’s wages hanging around their neck like a heavily pregnant koala bear. It is never going to happen.

A series of appeals and counter-appeals is not going to benefit either club. At this rate it will end up with a geriatric Carlos Tevez taking to the stand with the aid of a walking stick to try to resolve the matter once and for all in about 50 years time.

In short: Sheffield United, you were robbed, but get over it for your own sake!

Previous coverage on Soccerlens:

Sheffield United are just sore losers
Sheffield United to sue West Ham – apparently they like begging
Could Sheffield United please shut up?
Did Sheffield United violate Rule U18?
The Sheffield United – Premier League arbitration report and West Ham’s impossible position

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