Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has welcomed an independent arbitration panel's verdict in finding against West Ham in the Carlos Tevez affair as "a matter for justice".
But Crystal Palace boss Warnock, who later left Bramall Lane after the club were relegated as the Argentina striker fired the Hammers to safety, believes the money is a poor substitute for the future his side could have enjoyed in the Premier League.
Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe claimed victory on Tuesday after a 16-month battle to right the perceived injustice of going down in place of a side who were fined a record £5.5million, but not deducted any points, for playing Tevez and Javier Mascherano in breach of league rules on third-party ownership.
The panel are yet to determine the size of the payout but although a figure of up to £30million has been suggested, Warnock believes something even more valuable was lost at the end of the 2006-07 season.
"It's a matter for justice and I think everyone in the country knows this is the right verdict," he told Sky Sports News. "They have only claimed for one season (in lost revenues) and what they would have missed out on on the field and off the field.
"That's what it comes to in today's game. It's not an awful lot at the top level...it's one good player. This justifies what Kevin McCabe has said all along: that we were hard done by, that it wasn't done legally and we were fighting for our rights."
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