Date: 31st July 2010 at 11:47am
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The failed attempt to lure Peter Crouch to Craven Cottage last season has reared its head with a surprising twist.

Yesterday, the news broke that Fulham are taking legal action after it emerged that after having had an £11 million bid for Peter Crouch accepted, Sir Dave Richards, chairman of the Premier League, called Peter Crouch to tell him to sign for Spurs.

Now it appears that an internal investigation carried out by the Premier League found that nothing out of order had occurred (surprise, surprise) but Fulham are having none of it and believe they were cheated out of a deal that looked as if it was going to go ahead.

To back their case one leading red-top infers that Fulham have contacted every other Premier League club in case they are able to offer assistance.

We`re not sure this is the sort of thing we like to see our humble club involved in but if we have been wronged then we`ve every right to fight our corner have we not!

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7 Replies to “Fulham – Out to Nail Richards!”

  • No disrespect to Fulham and I wish them luck in the event they do have a case, but what exactly are they hoping to achieve? I could understand if they were perhaps looking for financial compensation, but even in that event, how would they quantify losses sustained due to a player not signing, except perhaps some minor costs. If they are simply looking to get the guy sacked, has there ever been a case in history where the courts force a commercial or governing body to fire an employee. I really can’t see it happening. Also, if it were to happen, would there be any consequential actions against our football authorities from FIFA and/or UEFA.

  • Difficult to say anything when it comes to this issue, as most if not all of us don’t know anything about the internal details of the transfer. Suffice to say:
    1)If Fulham really were unfairly prevented from signing Crouch, why didn’t they lodge a complaint immediately after his signing, or in the months that followed?
    2)Isn’t more likely that he joined Spurs, and that Portsmouth accepted Spurs’ apparently lesser offer, because he wanted to challenge for the Champions League?
    3)What would Fulham hope to gain from this? No intangible details like ‘goals he could’ve scored for Fulham’ or ‘higher league finish’ can apply in this case, unlike the Tevez saga, which centred on the breaking of two rules, U18 being one of them, which allowed Sheffield to claim damages for their relegation. No rules were broken, unless the tapping-up claim can be proved.

    In summary, it’s not a very valid appeal, and I’m wondering what your chairman hopes to gain from this. Most likely, it’s a vendetta aganst Sir Dave Richards, or an attempt to publicize that he was willing to spend 11 million on Crouch. Not the best way to start off Mark Hughes’ Fulham career.

  • move forward, not cry about the past… i don’t think crouchy can be a starting forward… we’ll see…

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