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West Ham hit back at Kia's compo claim

West Ham United have hit back in their compo battle with Kia Joorabchian.

Joorabchian has alleged West Ham entered into private agreements without the Premier League's knowledge to ensure Carlos Tevez would be available to play in the final three matches of last season, as the club battled against relegation.

In papers lodged with the High Court, Joorabchian has also claimed West Ham owe him a total of £7.1million, which he asserts should have been paid by January 31.

But West Ham have dismissed both Joorabchian's allegations and his compensation claims.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the club said: "West Ham United totally refute all of the allegations made against officials of the club by Kia Joorabchian.

"Those allegations, and the financial claims which accompany them, are wholly without foundation.

"Mr Joorabchian appears to be confusing demands that he has made on the club with the notion that they were ever agreed. They were not and no agreements of the kind alleged were ever concluded.

"In short, these matters have already been the subject of the court process and as far as the club are concerned fully disposed of. Nevertheless the club are quite prepared to resolve them further via a full court hearing if necessary.

"Threats and allegations are easy to make but the court process decides cases, and will decide this case, on the basis of real evidence and a proper consideration of the facts.

"That is why West Ham United have no doubt that Mr Joorabchian's claim will, in due course, be dismissed."

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