Fulham launch legal action against Sir Dave Richards over Crouch transfer

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Fulham have launched a scathing attack on Sir Dave Richards, in regards to his involvement in the transfer of Peter Crouch to Tottenham last summer.

Fulham offered £11million for Crouch, £2m more than Tottenham for the beanpole striker, and feel Richards was instrumental in assisting in Spurs gaining his signature.

An inquiry had been launched and found no wrong-doing on Richards’ behalf, but Fulham have now brought legal action against the Premier League chairman.

Richards admitted he had spoken to his friend Peter Storrie, but denies helping Spurs out in any way.

The Guardian has published an email sent to Premier League clubs this week by Richard Scudamore this week in regards to the action Fulham have taken.

“Fulham are asking the court to order an injunction restraining the chairman (Richards) from taking any rile in the transfer of players or, alternatively, that the court remove the chairman from the board of the Premier League.

“The inquiry concluded the chairman’s actions had not been detrimental to Fulham, and that it was not inappropriate for the chairman to assist in such matters when requested to do so by a club.

“The claim is that Fulham have been unfairly prejudiced in their capacity as a member of the Premier League, as a result of alleged assistance provided by the chairman to Portsmouth in securing the transfer of Peter Crouch to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2009.”

Richards removal could hamper his role in other footballing areas, such as vice-chairman of the FA and a member of the FA’s international committee.

However, it seems likely that given the lack of any concrete evidence that Fulham could produce to prove Richards as a guilty party, that the case will come to nothing.

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