Pulis a ‘fraud­ster?’

Ex-Palace boss told to pay Ea­gles Sh 468m

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - LON­DON /

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

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