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Ex-West Ham boss to sue over fine allegations- 2 May 2007 00:00:00

Paul Aldridge, the former chief executive of West Ham United, is likely to take legal action over allegations against his professional reputation after the Premier League fined his former employers £5.5m for breaching transfer regulations.

Aldridge says his reputation has been "besmirched" by the inquiry into the transfers of Argentine players Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano which led to the FAPL handing out the large fine last week.

Aldridge, who was chief executive when the duo were signed, says he was not called as a witness, invited to give a statement or notified in advance of allegations against him.

He commented: ‘Naturally, my sympathies lie with the club I was chief executive of for 10 years in respect of what seems a very harsh sanction. However, my own personal and professional reputations have been besmirched. The findings accuse me of acting dishonestly and lying.

‘This is hardly natural justice in my view. Until the publication of these findings, my integrity has never been questioned during my career. Accordingly, I have placed the matter in the hands of my lawyer who will be taking the matter further on my behalf.’

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