FIFA are still considering their response following a high-level meeting of officials from the Premier League, FA, West Ham and Manchester United yesterday but it appears increasingly likely they will make the final decision on the status of Tevez's relationship with West Ham. Certainly, with the Premier League forcing the Hammers to adhere to undertakings made when they ripped up a third-party agreement with Tevez's adviser Kia Joorabchian to allow the 23-year-old to play in the final three games of the season, there appears no way the impasse can be ended without FIFA's involvement. And, even if FIFA eventually clear Tevez to make his £30million move to Manchester United as most pundits predict, Scudamore would be satisfied with the outcome. "A third party, quite frankly, as far removed from this as possible needs to sort it out," Scudamore said. "That is why it is better for FIFA to determine it. Hopefully, they can adjudicate and they can do it quickly." Scudamore insists the Premier League are not absolving themselves of any responsibility for the matter. Having set up an initial inquiry to hear the case against West Ham, then an arbitration panel in response to Sheffield United's claim the Upton Park outfit should have had points deducted, Scudamore believes the Premier League have acted in accordance with their rules. However, he does accept the Premier League are now so heavily involved in the matter, it would be wrong for them to make the final decision. "It is not a question of FIFA stepping in," he said. "The fact is there has to be a point of determination. Given we have been working with West Ham throughout this process, holding them to account for undertakings they made to us, it would be wrong to get into a determination issue between Carlos Tevez and West Ham." While much of the blame for the Tevez issue has been planted firmly at the Premier League's door, Scudamore does not see how the organisation could have acted any differently. It is fair to wonder what chaos would have ensued had the original hearing deducted points from the Hammers, a move that would almost certainly have triggered an appeals process that might still have been ongoing now, less than three weeks before the opening day of the season. Ultimately, Scudamore believes the Premier League have acted as responsibly and equitably as possible given the dire situation West Ham's former administration put them in. "The league as an entity only works when people are straight with you," he said. "Yes, this is a high intensity business but when you strip it all down the Premier League is a club comprising 20 football clubs. The whole thing can collapse quite easily if you are led astray by an act of bad faith. "For eight months now, we have been trying to resolve this issue as well as keeping the rule book in tact. It is quite difficult. "While there has been pressure of sorts, you just have to do what you think is right given you are starting off from a very bad position where you have been a victim of an act of bad faith."