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Crystal Palace Midfielder Fined For Comments on Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace midfielder Lee Chung-yong has been fined for comments he made about manager Alan Pardew in the Korean press, reports the Korea Times

In an interview with the media in his homeland at the end of April, Lee said of Pardew that he was too hot-tempered in matches and and would forget how many substitutions he made during the game.

The news quickly got back to England and to his manager at Crystal Palace. Lee told Pardew that some of the comments he made had been lost in translation, which Pardew accepted, but the South Korean international was still fined a week’s wages.

“He’s made an error” said Pardew, “he said it got lost in translation, that can happen and I’ve had it before.

“But some of it isn’t lost in translation, though, and he’ll get a fine for that”.

It could signal the end of Lee’s stay at Selhurst Park. He has made just four starts and eight substitute appearances this season and hasn’t featured in the Palace match day squad since the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on April 20.

Lee joined the Eagles on transfer deadline day in February 2015 for an undisclosed fee from Bolton Wanderers but has made just 19 outings in all competitions since then.

Crystal Palace, who will play Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United in the FA Cup final on 21 May, bagged a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday as two goals from striker Dwight Gayle leaves Pardew’s side in 14th place in the Premier League table.

The Eagles will finish the Premier League season away at Southampton on May 15.


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