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Neil Warnock rejects Puncheon Twitter claims

Neil Warnock has rejected claims made by Jason Puncheon after the Crystal Palace footballer made a series of allegations against his former manager.

Puncheon made serious allegations about Warnock on Twitter after the 65-year-old criticised him following his penalty miss against Tottenham on Saturday.

The allegations focused on Warnock's control over contractual payments and his attitude to training.

Warnock denied the claims during an interview with the Telegraph, and revealed that the matter was being addressed with the player directly on his behalf.

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon reacts after missing a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur. Credit: PA Wire

The 27-year-old, who is on loan at Palace from Southampton, played for Warnock at Queens Park Rangers in 2011.

Speaking as a radio pundit in the aftermath of Saturday's game, Warnock said: "There's no way I would've trusted him with a penalty. You've got to have somebody a little bit more cool, and he's not like that, Jason.

"He can whack a 35-yard free-kick in here and there but a penalty, with all the pressure on him at a place like White Hart Lane - not in a million years for me.

"I think a centre-half might have done a bit better! Obviously, he never meant to put it up there."

Neil Warnock managed Jason Puncheon during his time as Queens Park Rangers manager. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Puncheon took exception to the comments and reacted furiously on Twitter.

The allegations were subsequently deleted but the 27-year-old said he accepted people's "opinions and banter".