Premier League fines Crystal Palace over April lineup row with Cardiff


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.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.