Blackstone dominates Sheff Utd hearing as relegation stands

A trio of Blackstone chambers barristers played key roles in an arbitration victory for the FA Premier League after Sheffield United failed to overturn its demotion to the Championship next season.

The arbitration panel was asked to consider whether Sheffield United could appeal a decision by a Premier League committee, which fined West Ham United but did not dock any points over its illegal signing of players Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

West Ham was fined a record £5.5m for signing Tevez and Mascherano because the players were part-owned by other parties. Tevez scored the winning goal for West Ham against Manchester United at the end of the season, contributing to Sheffield United’s relegation and West Ham staying in the top flight.

Sheffield United and Fulham also failed in their bid to get the panel to rule on whether the Premier League acted unlawfully by not stripping Tevez of his league registration.

DLA Piper partner Mark Gay instructed Paul Goulding QC of Blackstone chambers as lead counsel for the Premier League.

Partner John Rosenheim from Denton Wilde Sapte instructed Ian Mills QC, also of Blackstone chambers, for Sheffield United.

Michael Belloff, again from Blackstone, was instructed by Fulham director Stuart Benson for his football club.

The arbitration panel consisted of Sir Philip Otton, David Pannick QC of Blackstone chambers, and Nicholas Randall of Devereux chambers