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Cardiff owner Vincent Tan makes more news by offering an illegal bonus to his players

Mar 3, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

Vincent Tan AP

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, like most owners, really would like to stay up in the Premier League and reap the fiscal and spiritual rewards of playing in England’s top flight.

As such, he reportedly offered his players a bonus of nearly $6.2 million if they’re able to stave off relegation. Such bonuses are nothing new, so what’s the problem?

Well, Tan made the offer before this weekend’s match between his Bluebirds and Tottenham Hotspur, meaning it’s come long after the due date for such bonuses (which have to come before the start of the Premier League season).

A spokesman for Tan told the Daily Mail that they didn’t realize they were breaking any rules by extending the bonus offer, and that they would be rescinding it.

If you’re looking for a bit of a laugh out of this relatively dry ordeal, Tan apparently told the players they “needed to shoot more” while notifying the players of his offer.

  1. digbysellers - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    This guy is a real clown show

  2. judgereed - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    How was this lunatic able to buy a team?? Like do they screen owners like sports in the US do????

  3. Matthew - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    …and people still think Vincent Tan’s a good owner? He’s starting to make both Jeffrey Loria and Donald Sterling look like fricken geniuses…and that’s sad.

  4. mdac1012 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    If the next James Bond movie doesn’t have an Asian football club owner as it’s villain I will be very disappointed.

  5. frankdlaw - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    This story has really plumbed the depths of yellow journalism and struck a raw nerve! Vincent Tan is probably right. The British press IS RACIST!

    As a United supporter, I thought the “green and gold” campaign was bad, but this latest diatribe against Vincent Tan violates every principle of fair play and is clearly a shiver looking for a spine to run up! For an owner on an obvious learning curve to receive this amount of flack smacks of an inquisition! You mean he has to be up to speed instantly and be totally conversant with the rules of football plus all the obscure and archaic rules of the Premier League even when trying to motivate his players?

    The British press reflects a reflexive hostility to the man when an innocent mistake made out of genuine ignorance results in him being pilloried on the stake of racial prejudice?

    It was Duncan Spaeth who said:”I know why the sun never sets on the British Empire. God wouldn’t trust a Britisher in the dark!” Now how does that feel, you racists? What’s happened to Britain? You’ve prided yourself as a land where freedom reigns. Now it looks like prejudice and racial bias is the best that Britain can muster. It can be put down to “stuff happens” and people change. There’s a more scatological way to put it, but you get my drift?

    • thesublimeylimey - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      I surprised you managed to write all that with your knee jerking so much.

      • frankdlaw - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        I’m surprised you’re able to write all that with your brain short-circuiting so much!

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