Cardiff boss Neil Warnock insists he’s not a crook and slams corruption in football

NEIL WARNOCK slammed corruption claims, insisting: I’m no crook.

The new Cardiff boss was forced to issue a public statement after Conservative MP Damian Collins revived allegations Warnock took money from players in return for picking them.

Neil Warnock has been accused of being crooked by Jason Puncheon

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Crystal Palace star Jason Puncheon made the accusations on Twitter in 2014, only to withdraw them, apologise to Warnock and cop a £15,000 FA fine.

But Collins used Parliamentary Privilege to bring them up again as he and fellow MPs grilled FA chairman Greg Clarke about the Sam Allardyce saga and suggestions English football is bent.

Angry Warnock, 67, hit back: “These allegations are completely and utterly false.

“The FA Commission considered all of the evidence in detail in 2014 and it found the allegations were unfounded.

“Any suggestion that the FA failed to investigate this matter is simply untrue. I’m disappointed these have been repeated after Mr Puncheon’s apology and after the FA investigated fully.”

Puncheon was fuming at being left out of the starting line-up
Puncheon made the claims on Twitter in 2014
Warnock has only recently joined Cardiff City as their new boss
Warnock has only recently joined Cardiff City as their new boss

Ex-FA chairman Lord Triesman had the same privilege when he made claims in front of the same sport Select Committee in 2011 about the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

Collins suggested to Clarke and FA head of strategy Robert Sullivan that failure to investigate Puncheon’s claims properly was another example of the FA failing to deal with corruption.

But Warnock added: “I cannot believe an MP is allowed to say something like that and not be liable. How does that work?”

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