West Ham given short shrift by Shear

If there was ever a short footballers XI, Graham Shear at Teacher Stern Selby would be their solicitor and Brick Court silk Charles Hollander QC would be their barrister.

If there was ever a short footballers XI, Graham Shear at Teacher Stern Selby would be their solicitor and Brick Court silk Charles Hollander QC would be their barrister.

The messy battle over the ownership of pint-sized Argentine star Carlos Tevez has hit the High Court, with Shear instructing Hollander. (See story)

Although the involvement of third parties in the Tevez case may be without precedent for a football transfer, it’s not the first time that Shear and Hollander have worked together to help a tiny South American player leave an unloved English club.

Milton Nunez, a Honduran striker who measured just under five feet, found himself at Sunderland following a £1.6m move from Uruguayan club Nacional Montevideo in 2000.

After making just one first team appearance for Sunderland, Nunez brought in Shear and Hollander to get him back out to Uruguay. Sunderland duly obliged and never saw the transfer money again.

Talk about sticking up for the little guy.