Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been accused of giving “untrue” evidence by the legal adviser of his former player Jonas Gutierrez, who is currently suing Newcastle United for disability discrimination following his departure from St James’ Park.
Although Pardew hasn’t been the manager on Tyneside since the Christmas of 2014, Gutierrez’s barrister has suggested that the now Palace gaffer has given evidence which is specifically tailored to match the claims made by Newcastle United, rather than offering a true reflection of the events which led up to the Argentine’s move away from the North East.
The specific circumstances revolving around Jonas became something of a political football throughout his final days with the Magpies as supporters rounded on Pardew and the club’s owner Mike Ashley for what they felt was shoddy treatment of the midfielder, given his ongoing battle against testicular cancer.
Having become a fans’ favourite early on in his time with the club, Gutierrez’s failure to earn a new deal proved to be a hugely controversial moment in the minds of the club’s supporters, who would seemingly have loved to have seen him kept on as part of the first-team for at least another year or two having heroically beaten the disease which often claims the lives of its victims.
The article attached above includes extensive quotes from Jonas’ lawyer, who has made a host of eye-opening statements about the conduct of Alan Pardew whilst giving evidence to the court in question. The ramifications of his accusations remain unknown for the time being, but given the grave nature of his claims, we’re unlikely to have heard the last of this particular story.
Not exactly what we needed to hear after a winless start to 2016.