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Premier League fines Crystal Palace over April lineup row with Cardiff

Aug 18, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

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The bad news continues for Crystal Palace. First their manager, then their opener, now their wallet.

Back in April, when Cardiff City was still in the Premiership, mercurial Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan accused recently-fired official Iain Moody of successfully convincing City officials to hand over their lineup before the two were set to play.

Now, the Premier League has finally come to a conclusion on the matter, fining Palace an undisclosed amount.

According to BBC Wales Sport’s Dafydd Pritchard, the amount can be up to £25,000, or just under $42,000.

Moody left his post as Cardiff’s Director of Recruitment after a long when Tan brought in 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov, his son’s friend who had never worked in soccer before in his life. This move not only angered fans but also Moody, who left just three weeks later.

Moody, a well-liked figure around soccer, moved to Crystal Palace not long after, and Tan accused him of coaxing some lower-level officials at his former club to hand over the lineup a few days prior to the match.

Crystal Palace won the match 3-0, and Tan immediately asked for the three points to be handed in the other direction. While that didn’t happen, and it seems a decision came very late, Cardiff will have some respite.

Rule B.16 is known as the “good faith” rule, stating: “In all matters and transactions relating to the League each Club shall behave towards each other Club and the League with the utmost good faith.”

After the incident, Cardiff City fired the member of the staff it believed to be the source of the leak. They were relegated the following May.

  1. talgrath - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I’m sure Cardiff will complain that this is too little, too late, but even if the three points went to Cardiff they still would have been relegated and Crystal Palace still would have finished 11th.

  2. nextmanup81 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    No one seems to really like this Vincent Tan dude. I get it that your a rich, powerful owner of a top flight soccer team – but wouldn’t you at least make an effort to endear yourself to your fans and colleagues?

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