Pulis a ‘fraudster?’
Ex-Palace boss told to pay Eagles Sh 468m
Tony Pulis has been branded a fraudster by a High Court judge and ordered to pay Crystal Palace £3.7million (Sh 468.0m) in damages and compensation.
The West Bromwich Albion manager had been in dispute with his former club over a £2m (Sh 252.9m) bonus he received just before leaving them two years ago.
The case had gone to the Premier League Managers’ Arbitration Tribunal, who in March found in favour of the south London club. Pulis, 58, denied deceiving them into paying the bonus and challenged the findings in the High Court.
But in his judgement released on Monday, Mr Justice Burton made the damning decision that Pulis had lied in order to secure the fee early before walking out on Palace. The court also ruled that Pulis had “deliberately misled” Palace chairman Steve Parish over his intentions to stay at the club and called Pulis’s conduct “disgraceful”. Palace had complained that Pulis tricked them into an early payment of the bonus which was for keeping them in the Premier League and staying beyond August 31, by saying he needed to buy some land for his children and that he was committed to the club.
Palace agreed to give him the money on August 12, 2014. A day later, Pulis indicated his intention to leave due to a “heated player meeting’ and the next day, on the eve of the Premier League season, he left.
Palace agreed to give Pulis the money on August 12, 2014. A day later, the next day he left. –Report