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Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:25

Table Toppers Cardiff Enter Administration

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There are reports coming out the Welsh capital this week stating that the table-topping Cardiff City are being investigated for not complying with the newly introduced FFP rules. It was discovered that the Cardiff City chairman Vincent Pan was caught trying to facilitate a move for centre forward Dario Cvitanich to Italian giant Juventus. But when the deal fell through in the final minutes of deadline day, Cardiff did not comply with proper P.E.N. procedures and the club was hit with a £5m fine. It is not exactly clear at this stage which member of staff at the club was responsible for this, but Pan did not contest this decision.
As a result of this, some player’s wages were not paid on time which has led to unrest at the club.
It is reported that Olivier Giroud was one of the players that didn’t receive his full wage. The French International is currently the clubs top goal scorer with 19 goals in 13 games which has propelled the Bluebirds to the top of the league going on a 12 game unbeaten run at the start of the season. However, he is also the highest wage earner at the club with wages of £18m a season plus bonuses.
Consequently the club was then placed into administration following the failure to pay wages.
Unfortunately for the fans of Cardiff City the administrators have ruled that the club must sell Giroud to cover their debts and to lower their wage bill going forward. This won’t be welcome news for the fans of the South Wales outfit as Giroud was becoming a hero in the capital. And to make things worse, the club won’t even get the full sale fee as the bank will take a 40% cut of the sale as interest of the cash loaned to the club to cover the wages.
Giroud was devastated at the news that he will be leaving the club as he had just signed a new 5 year deal. He has formed a formidable partnership up front with another giant in Fernando Llorente who has scored 13 goals in 12 games for the Bluebird. The Cardiff manager threw the book of football clichés out of the window when he decided to opt for the Big Man-Big Man combo over the more traditional Big Man-Little Man up front. Many fans were worried about the lack of pace up front at the start of the season but the results kept coming and Bluebird proved to the fans that he knew what he was doing. The “Twin Towers” as one of Bluebird’s opponents once called them caused fear amongst rival managers.
But without his star striker can Bluebird maintain Cardiff’s position at the top of the table and mount a serious title challenge? There are several clubs breathing down the neck of Cardiff with Clarkof’s Botafogo and ParrishJ’s Corinthians looking strong. However, Cardiff have beaten both of these teams earlier on the season to keep them both at bay. Roberto Larcos’ Benfica team have also crept their way up the table under the radar and are only 7 points behind with 2 game in hand. Both sides will meet next month in Lisbon in what will no doubt be an exciting match.
Giroud was eventually sold to FC Slag with billionaire owner DavoteK the only manager with deep enough pockets to afford the in-form striker’s transfer fee and hefty wage demands.
Now that the debt to the bank has been re-paid the club has had their transfer embargo lifted so the hunt for a new striker can start. There are strong rumours that Vitesse striker Djordjevic will be brought in as a replacement to Giroud. He was seen in the stand with Chairman Vincent Pan at Cardiff’s most recent home game against Rayo Vallecano. However only time will tell if he can pick up where Giroud left off as they are some pretty big boots to fill. 
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