The FA Premier League panel that met yesterday have decided that the controversial letter handed to Gabriel Heinze by Manchester United does not mean the player can move to Liverpool.
The panel said in a statement:
“The Premier League Board appointed panel have heard submissions of evidence from both parties and has ruled to dismiss the player’s case.”
Before the game Gabriel Heinze had made one last plea to the United board:
“My idea has not changed and my objective is to go to Liverpool. I will always be grateful to United, but now I hope they allow me to get my wish.”
Although the matter now looks unlikely to be resolved before the transfer deadline it looks like this matter is not closed. Gabriel Heinze is planning to exercise his right to appeal to the Premier League panel and failing that rumours abound that the player will be in a position to buy himself out of his contract in the January transfer window.
The question now is – will United want to keep a player who would rather play for Liverpool?
Update 22 August 2007: Gabriel Heinze has now agreed a 4 year deal with Real Madrid. Real will pay £8 million for the player.