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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 07:43 GMT 08:43 UK
Whelan demands league chiefs quit
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan
Whelan is angry Tevez was allowed to play against Wigan
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore should consider quitting in the wake of the West Ham controversy.

Whelan believes the league should have cancelled Carlos Tevez's registration after the Hammers were found guilty of breaking rules over his signing.

In a letter to the League, Whelan accused Scudamore and chairman Dave Richards of a "dereliction of duties".

He added: "The pair of you should consider resigning."

West Ham were found guilty of breaching two Premier League rules when they signed Tevez and fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano - who moved to Liverpool in January.

I am appalled the chairman would allow such an important decision to be made on the telephone

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan

An independent commission fined the club 5.5m and told the Premier League it could terminate Tevez's registration.

But West Ham assured the Premier League they had ripped up the offending contract with third-party company MSI/JSI and Tevez was allowed to play the following day - in a 3-0 win over Wigan.

Whelan, who has also sent his letter to the 19 other Premier League clubs, claims the decision to allow Tevez to play on was taken in a telephone conversation.

He said: "I would like to once again ask the question in my email of 11 May, did you actually receive a copy of the documentation from West Ham which showed that the original agreement between West Ham and MSI/JSI had been cancelled?

"The judgment given by the independent panel ordered that the registration of Tevez could be terminated by the Premier League.

606: DEBATE

"You then proceeded to hold a board meeting by telephone between yourself, the chairman and the secretary.

"I am appalled that the chairman would allow such an important decision to be made on the basis of a telephone call.

"Surely a decision of this magnitude required an open and full discussion.

"You had been ordered by the chairman of the commission to seriously consider the termination of this contract.

"Your failure to do so in my mind is a dereliction of duties of both the chairman and yourself and you should consider resigning."

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