After a two-day hearing on 20th and 21st August 2007 the Premier League’s Arbitration Panel decided that Manchester United would not be forced to sell Gabriel Heinze to Liverpool.
The arbitration centred on a letter dated 13th June 2007 which according to Heinze gave him written permission to pursue a transfer to another club.
The panel decided that the disputed letter did not constitute a binding agreement for Manchester United but only an ‘agreement to agree’ and thus did not create an obligation to sell the player. They also agreed it should be interpreted in context of verbal discussion and the club’s policy of not transferring players to Liverpool.
Heinze has now transferred to Real Madrid.
Paul Harris was instructed by Edward Canty at Brabners Chaffe Street on behalf of Manchester United.
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