April 26, 2007 / 4:27 PM / 12 years ago

No complaints from Curbishley over Wigan concern

LONDON (Reuters) - West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley said he had no complaints over fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic voicing concerns about the signings of Argentinians Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano last year.

West Ham United's coach Alan Curbishley looks down ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Sheffield United in Sheffield, April 14, 2007. Curbishley said he had no complaints over fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic voicing concerns about the signings of Argentinians Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano last year. NO ONLINE/INTERNET USE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE +44 (0)207 864 9000. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

West Ham will find out from the Premier League on Friday if they are to face a points deduction after the club were accused of breaching the rules over the Argentines’ transfers.

West Ham have been defending themselves “vigorously” and provided a “detailed response.”

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was quick to voice his opinion, saying any team found guilty should have points deducted.

This could not have come at a worse time for West Ham and Curbishley, who is preparing his side for a must-win game, ironically against Wigan at the JJB Stadium on Saturday.

West Ham will be made to sweat after the decision was adjourned until Friday, but Curbishley says there will be no hard feelings when he comes up against Wigan this weekend.

Curbishley told reporters on Thursday: “I think it is normal and anyone involved (at the bottom) will be looking at anything (to help them out). I think Wigan have voiced their opinion about it and, if it was on the other foot, I think we would be doing the same.”

With three games left, bottom-but-one West Ham have 32 points, three fewer than Wigan.

The core of the case revolves around third-party ownership of the two players and allegations of not disclosing documents surrounding the signing of the duo at the start of this season.

Tevez is still with West Ham, but Mascherano has since moved to Liverpool.

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