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Crystal Palace deny 'spying' allegations

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 11 April 2014

Crystal Palace have insisted they used no illicit means to discover the team Cardiff City would select in their Premier League match last weekend, ESPN has reported.

Cardiff and Crystal Palace in action

It had been claimed that officials from Cardiff met with their Premier League counterparts this week to discuss allegations that Ian Moody, the Palace sporting director formerly employed at Cardiff, had a spy discover the Cardiff side.

Palace won the game 3-0 through a Jason Puncheon brace and a goal from Cardiff old boy Joe Ledley. The result meant that Cardiff remained in the bottom three while Palace have climbed to 14th, seven points clear of danger.

“This is far-fetched and sour grapes,” Palace co-owner Steve Parish said in response to the allegation. “We played Cardiff and beat them fairly. I am assured by Iain that he did not speak to anybody directly at Cardiff - or try to get the team out of them.

“He did, however, get a phone call from an agent who gave him 11 names. But two of them were wrong, so we can't even be fairly accused of having the correct line-up. Everyone tries to second guess the other side's team.

“But I would never dream of being involved in anything of the kind of thing being suggested. Nothing untoward: everything within the rules and spirit of the game.”

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