Watford FC feels compelled to make the following statement in a bid to correct erroneous and misleading media reports concerning an ongoing dispute with Everton FC.
The club have made an official complaint to the Premier League over an allegation of an illegal approach to former manager, Marco Silva.
The complaint to the Premier League makes clear the seriousness of the allegation and what the club believes is overwhelming evidence of a clear breach of Premier League rules.
At the request of the Premier League we entered into mediation with Everton in a process that involved club officials and their respective legal teams, with no conclusion being reached.
Therefore the disciplinary process continues. In pursuing its disciplinary claim, the club has known from the outset it forfeited any right to compensation as a consequence of not following a proposed arbitration process.
We believe this situation is not about a compensation figure but the principle of making a stand when the actions of one Premier League club completely undermine and cause intrinsic damage to a fellow member club.
We trust in the Premier League to fully investigate the complaint and we will comply with that process.
The club will be making no further comment.
Charity: Watford Fans Take Part In March For Men
Watford Football Club have already made it to Wembley this season, with an extended family of Hornets’ supporters completing the 26-mile March for Men, raising in excess of £5,500 for Prostate Cancer UK in the process.
The team of intrepid Hornets comprised three members of the same Watford supporting family and the presenters of the From the Rookery End fans’ podcast, who marched from St Albans City FC to Wembley Stadium via Watford’s Vicarage Road Stadium and The Hive; home to Barnet FC.
The decision to take part was taken after Mike Parkin, a From the Rookery End host, discovered his Dad had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He explained: “Once my family and I got over the initial shock and upset, we quickly decided that it was important we channelled our efforts into doing something worthwhile. As avid Watford supporters, we saw the March for Men as the ideal opportunity to raise valuable funds while also raising awareness of what is an incredibly widespread and deadly disease.
“I was delighted that my From the Rookery End co-hosts agreed to join my brother Andy and sister Liz on the walk, while my Dad, whose treatment is going well, was able to join us for the last leg from Barnet to Wembley. Being able to cross the finish line with my family, friends and fellow fans was a moment I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
“The walk itself was tough and there are more than a few blisters making themselves known, but the camaraderie and support that was on show from supporters of an incredible range of clubs helped everyone complete the course. It was also fabulous to be able to spend some time with Hornets hero Richard Johnson, who walked side-by-side with us for the duration.
“Since signing up for the event, the number of stories we’ve heard about those touched by prostate cancer has been staggering. We’ve been inundated with messages of support, but also tales of how individuals and families have dealt with the disease. It was hugely encouraging to hear that many instances had happy endings, but far too many sadly didn’t. Prostate cancer is killing one man in the UK every 45 minutes and that figure is frightening. The work Prostate Cancer UK do will help, but we can also help each other. If in doubt, get checked!”
Over 400 walkers completed the March for Men in total and each were rewarded with a medal, presented by World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst. The event is on track to raise the overall target of £200,000 but it’s not too late to donate. If you’d like to show your support to Mike and the team, you can contribute at www.justgiving.com/parkinwalk
You can also hear how the day unfolded by downloading a special edition of the From the Rookery End podcast, recorded on the day, at www.fromtherookeryend.com