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Cardiff City owner under investigation after bonus offer

Vincent Tan once again making headlines after offering Cardiff players a large bonus if they stay in the top flight

Cardiff are heavy odds-on to be relegated from the Premier League after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane, with the Welsh club running out of games to remain in the top flight.

It appears that the City players aren’t short of incentives to stay in the top flight, with news emerging that owner Vincent Tan is apparently prepared to pay out a pot of £7.4 million if the team manage to battle their way out of the bottom three come the end of the season.

If this sort of bonus has been offered to the Cardiff squad, it will have contravened the league’s regulations considering that any bonus needs to be officially lodged before the start of the season and not offered on an ad hoc bonus.

However, the Welsh club have played down the situation, with chairman Mehmet Dalman telling Sky Sports News: “This has all been taken out of context and is a misunderstanding.

“Yes, Vincent did make the offer on Saturday but he has no executive powers. He’s just the owner. He’s not running the club and it wasn’t up to him to make this offer.

“I’ve told him there are strict rules about bonuses and we’d talk further about implementing with the payment structure for next season. Please bear in mind, Vincent Tan meant well on this occasion.”

League rules state: “Full details of a player’s remuneration including all benefits to which he is entitled whether in cash or in kind shall be set out in his contract. The terms of a contract between a club and a player shall be strictly adhered to.”

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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