West Ham lodge CAS appeal

The Hammers were ordered last month to pay compensation to Sheffield United.

A statement read: “The CAS has initiated an arbitration procedure and will first examine its jurisdiction as a preliminary issue after both clubs have had the opportunity to file written submissions on this point.

“For the moment, no decision has been made with respect to the holding of a hearing. In any event, a decision on jurisdiction is not to be expected before the end of November 2008.”