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By ESPN Staff

Tevez: Clubs, League wait on FIFA decision

The Football Association and the Premier League are waiting to hear if FIFA are prepared to arbitrate on the Carlos Tevez affair. A meeting of the three organisations' legal teams broke up in Zurich this afternoon without a decision being made on the spot. An FA spokesman said: 'The meeting has taken place and left with FIFA to take a decision. 'We are waiting to hear from them and to see what they consider is the most appropriate way forward.' West Ham are eager for FIFA to get involved in what has become a stalemate in recent weeks, with the London club refusing to sanction the Argentina striker's proposed move to Manchester United. Under normal circumstances, FIFA would only arbitrate in non-domestic transfer disputes but the thorny issue of Tevez's ownership prompted both clubs to ask for their help. Tevez is registered as a West Ham player, but businessman Kia Joorabchian claims he owns the 23-year-old's economic rights and is therefore entitled to any transfer fee. With the Premier League sticking to their position that the Hammers own the player and are therefore entitled to any transfer fee, a FIFA ruling in Joorabchian's favour would cause them huge embarrassment. The time it takes to reach a conclusion could be crucial to Tevez's prospects of joining United this year. There are fears the saga could drag on beyond the August 31 transfer deadline, precluding the striker moving to Old Trafford before the transfer window re-opens in January. Should either party be unhappy with the outcome, there is also the possibility of an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which would extend the process even further.