Crystal Palace given fine by the Premier League… why?

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

The Eagles could be fined up to £25,000 by the Premier League following an incident last season.

Crystal Palace have been fined by the Premier League over the alleged knowledge the club had of Cardiff City’s starting eleven prior to the fixture between the two clubs last season.

Cardiff had reported Palace to the Premier League after it was claimed a representative received inside information on the Bluebirds starting eleven during the week building up to the game.

Cardiff lost the game 3-0 on the day, with fans furious over the possibility that their team was known well in advance by Palace boss Tony Pulis.

But now the Premier League have responded to City’s complaint, and confirmed on Monday that they had fined the Eagles.

“The Premier League Board has considered a complaint from Cardiff City regarding the conduct of a Crystal Palace official,” the league announced through their Twitter account.

“The Board found that Crystal Palace breached Rule B.16 and has exercised its summary jurisdiction and fined the club.”

The 3-0 loss contributed towards Cardiff’s eventual relegation from the Premier League last season, where they finished bottom of the division.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reported to be furious about the incident in April, but the Bluebirds now look to have accepted the punishment of their rivals, confirming they will not comment any further in the time being.

It comes as the second piece of bad news within a week for Palace fans, after manager Tony Pulis confirmed he had left the club over a lack of transfer activity. The club lost 2-1 late on against Arsenal on the opening weekend of the Premier League on Saturday, and are still in search for a new manager.

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