Neil Warnock has re­acted fu­ri­ously to ‘crook’ claim

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Cardiff City man­ager Neil Warnock (pic­tured) re­acted an­grily on Monday night after MPs heard claims he was a crook who made play­ers pay him for a place in the team.

Damian Collins, in­terim chair­man of the Cul­ture Me­dia and Sport Com­mit­tee, used par­lia­men­tary priv­i­lege to re­peat the in­cen­di­ary al­le­ga­tions made by Crys­tal Palace mid­fielder Ja­son Pun­cheon in 2014.

Pun­cheon posted the claims on Twit­ter fol­low­ing crit­i­cism of him by Warnock on a ra­dio show.

He said: “What I won’t ac­cept is an opin­ion from a man who’s crooked and ru­in­ing the game - Neil Warnock, the man who signs play­ers, gives them ex­tra wages and ap­pear­ance bonuses to make sure they pay him to get in the team or on the bench.

“The fact he could even talk about train­ing is shock­ing, he was never there.’ Collins used the Pun­cheon in­ci­dent while ques­tion­ing FA chair­man Greg Clarke over whether the gov­ern­ing body had a ‘lack of cu­rios­ity’ about ac­cu­sa­tions of wrong­do­ing and whether Pun­cheon’s claims had ever been prop­erly probed.

Warnock said in a state­ment: ‘Th­ese al­le­ga­tions are com­pletely and ut­terly false. “The FA Com­mis­sion con­sid­ered all of the ev­i­dence in de­tail in 2014 and found that the al­le­ga­tions which were pub­lished about me were un­founded. Any sug­ges­tion that the FA failed to in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter is sim­ply un­true.

“In fact, Mr Pun­cheon apol­o­gised to me and re­moved the al­le­ga­tions from his Twit­ter ac­count. The FA fined him £15,000 (Sh1.8m) and he was warned as to his fu­ture con­duct.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that th­ese al­le­ga­tions have been re­peated after Mr Pun­cheon’s apol­ogy and after the FA in­ves­ti­gated fully.

“If any­one had asked me, I would have pointed them to the FA web­site where the facts are ac­ces­si­ble.’

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