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Cardiff planning to go the legal route

Cardiff are considering taking legal action against Crystal Palace over the leaking of their starting line-up last season.

Palace were found guilty of breaching Premier League rules earlier this week and fined following a four-month probe into the incident in April, when Cardiff complained that the Eagles already knew the team that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (pictured) would put out before the sides met in south Wales.

Palace, who won the game 3-0, denied the claims against them with sporting director Iain Moody, who was sacked from a similar position at Cardiff earlier in the season, saying it was "incredibly, extraordinarily untrue'' that he had any involvement in any wrongdoing.

However the Premier League ruled Palace had broken rule B16 which states clubs must behave towards each other "with the utmost good faith".

Yet despite that verdict Cardiff, it seems, do not want to let the matter lie.

The club would not comment on yesterday but Pit is understood letters have been sent to Palace and Moody informing them of Cardiff's intentions, with the loss of earnings caused by the Bluebirds' subsequent relegation likely to form part of the action.

In 2008 Sheffield United successfully sued West Ham after they were relegated in the wake of the Carlos Tevez affair.