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Exhibit A - Man Utd field a weakened side against West Ham on the last day of the season. Man Utd have already won the league but West Ham have to win to stay up. West Ham win one nil courtesy of Carlos Tevez's goal and Sheffield United are condemned to relegation. Tevez is also ineligible and West Ham are fined a five and a half million pounds. Nothing is said of it because of the Tevez scandal.

Exhibit B - Man Utd field another weakened side against Hull. With a champions league final in three days they rest all of their star players. This improved Hull's chances of winning, as they are on a last day relegation fight. Man Utd win thanks to a Darron Gibson winner but Hull stay up.

Richard Scudamore says:

'You can't alter the fact they've won the league and they've got the most significant game the following Wednesday against Barcelona,' Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live.

'You have to be realistic: they've got a squad, and therefore you can't argue that they deploy the benefit of that squad in a game on Sunday.'

Exhibit C - Three days after a shock away win at Tottenham, Wolves make ten changes to their side giving their players a rest with a big match at Burnley coming up. Wolves lose three nil comfortably and win their next match two nil.

The Premier League released this statement:

The Premier League Board has issued Wolverhampton Wanderers FC with a suspended 25,000 fine after deciding that the team fielded in their league fixture against Manchester United on 15 December 2009 was not full strength and therefore in breach of Rule E20. 'The board also deemed that the club had failed to fulfil its obligations to the league and other clubs in the utmost good faith and was therefore in breach of Rule B13.

'The board considered submissions from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and had sympathy for the explanation submitted by the club in relation to similar cases from previous seasons.

'However, the board ruled that this case could be differentiated from the other matches cited and that disciplinary action was warranted.'



his is an absolute joke. The Premier League are making it clearer everyday now that it is one rule for the top four and another for the rest. Decisions constantly go against us and then given in the 'top four' sides favour.

This may be a good thing for the players, it will give something to fight for and to prove themselves. It's also a 'whole world against us' sort of thing.

Kevin Doyle is surprised to:

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Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 3:15PM

Your Comments

cant agree more the PL is massively in favour of the top four and like you said it becomes more and more obvious day by day what a load of *****
jljyid
I'm a fan of a top 4 team and I do agree that this treatment is a disgrace. What about Wenger and his 'kids' cup teams??
Zbam
I agree that this fine wouldn't have happened if the team in question was Man U/Arsenal or any other "big" team and it is consequently a disgrace - the Premier League need to take a long look at themselves. But Zbam, the cup situation is hardly similar - by the nature of cup you can only hurt yourself by fielding a weaker team. The league you hurt the other team's competitors.
Shelfinduced
The "kids cup teams" is slightly different, this is a Premier League matter. But thanks, it's not very often we get any sympathy when it comes to the Tevez situation.
shepsblade
Hang on, you didn't print the bit about this being a ruling in part to make sure weakened sides aren't purposefully selected in future. Note, you did not actually get a fine - and the crux of the decision was made abundantly clear by the PL and Wolves heirachy. Sides that could drastically alter the result of match would not be tolerated in the future
Gunnerman
Gunnerman has a point there. Lets see what happens if this scenario happens again.
Zbam
Don't forget exhibit D: Fulham 1-0 Liverpool 5 May 2007. Fulham get 3 points to confirm their Premiership survival, interesting quote on the BBC match report. "With the Champions League final looming, Liverpool's side, with nine changes, was unrecognisable from the one that got the better of Chelsea in midweek. " If Fulham had even drawn that match they would have been relegated on 37 points, meaning SUFC staying up. But it's a Big 4 team, so it's ok.
bladesman1889
Couldn't agree more. Like all the other incidents Scudamore and the PL did absolutely sweet FA. Scudamore is a disgrace and I am deeply suspicous of his motivation. However, the smaller clubs in the PL only have themselves to blame. They saw how lenient WHU had been treated and apart from Wigan and SUFC what did they do - sweet FA. The same will happen over this small but disgraceful fine.
bucksblade
is Gunnerman suggesting that a) Mick's team change drastically altered the result or b) that the league has finally decided to do something about this kind of behaviour by penalising Wolves. How strange that they didn't decide to make an example of Man U or Arsenal when they did it (bloggerwolf's point I believe)
domsilv
Don't forget Wolves that your like us Blades, your not welcome in the Cheats league. Its a disgrace of a league and I don't care if we never get back there. Its been the death of good, honest football since its conception and the sooner people like Scudamore are booted out of the game forever the better our game will be.
BladesWay
 

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