Neil Warnock threatens action over Puncheon tweet
Jason Puncheon is facing the threat of legal action from Neil Warnock after the Crystal Palace midfielder made serious allegations against his former manager in a hastily deleted Twitter rant, WRITES BEN RUMSBY.
Warnock confirmed yesterday that he was pursuing Puncheon over the 27-year-old's potentially libellous postings. As of yesterday evening, Puncheon had yet to issue a statement either standing by or retracting his comments.
Puncheon had earlier reacted furiously on Twitter after hearing Warnock mock his penalty howler during Palace's 2-0 defeat by Tottenham on Saturday, the midfielder making some astonishing claims about his former manager that cannot be repeated for legal reasons. He deleted the offending tweets but not before they went viral.
Warnock, who signed Puncheon on loan for QPR in September 2011, insisted he had no idea what his former player was talking about, adding: "If it has been suggested that I've done anything untoward, then I can confirm that I most certainly have not. The matter is being addressed with him directly now on my behalf."
Warnock refused to confirm whether that meant he would sue Puncheon for defamation or was simply seeking an apology or retraction. The player's representatives declined to comment.
Puncheon could face punishment from the FA after it confirmed that it was looking into his tweets. Palace, meanwhile, could not be reached for comment as to whether they would take internal disciplinary action against the loan signing. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
WARNOCK THREATENS ACTION OVER PUNCHEON TWEET