A statement from Eggert Magnusson

West Ham United Chairman Eggert Magnusson has given his response to the Premier League Commission of Inquiry verdict...

"I would first like to express my relief that this matter is now over," says Mr Magnusson. "This has been a difficult time for West Ham United but we can now look forward and focus entirely on the remainder of our season.

"I am delighted that our destiny will be decided on the football pitch, which I believe is only right. We can now look forward to the final three matches of the season without this cloud hanging over us, and I am sure that will be a positive factor as Alan Curbishley and the players prepare for a vital match against Wigan Athletic tomorrow.

"I would once again like to thank our supporters for their loyal support during this difficult time, and I can assure them that everyone here is fully committed to the aim of retaining our Premiership status in the coming weeks."