Neil Warnock releases statement claiming corruption allegations are ‘completely and utterly false’

Neil Warnock has released a statement decrying the corruption allegations against him as ‘completely and utterly false’.

The Cardiff manager was the subject of criticism from Crystal Palace star Jason Puncheon, who took to social media website Twitter in 2014 to call out the 67-year-old.

A series of tweets read: ‘What I won’t accept is an opinion from a man who’s crooked and ruining the game.

‘Neil Warnock, the man who signs players, gives them extra wages and appearance bonuses to make sure that they pay him to get into the team or on the bench.

‘The fact he could even talk about training is shocking, he was never there.’

These allegations came to light again in the recent Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football, with FA chairman Greg Clarke forced to answer questions on the subject at Westminster on Monday.

Clarke admitted he had no idea whether the FA investigated the claims when originally made, but Warnock released a statement confirming that his past WAS looked into.

Warnock said: “These allegations are completely and utterly false.

“The FA Commission considered all of the evidence in detail in 2014 and it found that the allegations which were published about me were unfounded. Any suggestion that the FA failed to investigate this matter is simply untrue.

“In fact, Mr Puncheon apologised to me and removed the allegations from his Twitter account. The FA fined him £15,000 and he was warned as to his future conduct.

“I am disappointed that these allegations have been repeated after Mr Puncheon’s apology and after the FA investigated fully. If anyone had asked me the truth before publication, I would have pointed them to the FA website, where the facts are all easily accessible.”

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