When Neil Warnock returned for a 2nd spell at Crystal Palace, midfielder Jason Puncheon, regarding Warnock’s time as manager at Selhurst Park, Jason Puncheon retracted his comments and apologized to Neil Warnock for lying :thumbright: :ayatollah:
Jason Puncheon had said ‘What I won’t accept is an opinion from a man who’s crooked and ruining the game. The man who signs players, gives them extra wages and appearance bonuses to make sure they pay him to get into the team or on the bench. The fact that he can even talk about training is shocking. He was never there.'”

Mr Collins went on to question Mr Clarke and Mr Sullivan: “Did anyone speak to him [Puncheon] to follow up on the quite serious allegations that he made?”

Mr Sullivan responded: “I am not party to the operational conversation between him and the investigations team. So I do not know that.”

Mr Collins then said: “I’d be interested to know, I think it would be pretty poor, it would be another example of where someone has gone public and made an allegation, in this case about Neil Warnock. You’d think if the FA has got this in-house resource of former police officers who could investigate these things, what they would do is they would probably have a conversation with this player and say ‘why have you made this allegation? Privately, can you explain your position to us?'”

Mr Sullivan responded: “That’s absolutely correct. I think where the line is difficult to draw is bringing forward real evidence that can actually be used to take an investigation forward. Because there are comments that are made on social media and there is actual hard evidence that investigations team can actually use to bring forward a case.”

Warnock took charge of his first Cardiff City match on Friday night as he watched his side beat Bristol city 2-1 in front of their biggest crowd of the season.

He was previously in charge of Crystal Palace in 2014 – his second spell at the club which he also managed between 2007 and 2010.