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Warnock furious after penalty appeals dismissed in Norwich defeat

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was left fuming after a number of penalty decisions failed to go his side's way in their 1-0 home defeat to Norwich.

Neil Warnock's side suffered their first Championship home defeat of the new year. Credit: PA

Cameron Jerome ended Norwich's four-month wait for an away win after scoring the only goal of the game five minutes before half time.

But Warnock was angered that Cardiff were denied a late draw, after both Rhys Healey and Kadeem Harris had strong penalty claims turned down by referee Chris Kavanagh in the latter stages of the second half.

I'm disappointed with the penalty appeals. Seven out of 10 referees would have given them. The referee said Healey dived for the first penalty, and then for the second one we've got a superhuman linesman from 40 yards away, who thought the defender got the ball. I've heard some excuses but nothing like that.

– Neil Warnock, Cardiff City Manager

Cardiff City 1 - 2 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's second Credit: PA photo

Ryan Sessegnon became one of the youngest goalscorers in FA Cup history with the winner in Fulham's 2-1 victory at Cardiff.

The 16-year-old tapped home from close range as Fulham came from behind to win, with Stefan Johansen having cancelled out Anthony Pilkington's deflected free-kick.

The early 11.30am kick-off had persuaded many supporters to stay at home, and there was a low-key atmosphere which did not help either side.

Cardiff got an early break with an eighth-minute free-kick 25 yards out and Pilkington's strike hit Lucas Piazon on the shoulder to wrong-foot Marcus Bettinelli.

Parity was restored within six minutes when Ryan Fredericks beat Joe Bennett to reach the by-line, and his cross was sent into the roof as Johansen marked his 26th birthday in style.

Full-back Fredericks was a constant attacking outlet down the right and he left Bennett trailing to deliver a 33rd-minute cross which this time Tom Cairney met.

Cairney placed his shot onto the crossbar, but Sessegnon was unmarked to touch home the rebound for his third senior goal.

Fulham continued to dominate possession in the second half, even if scoring opportunities were seldom.

Murphy made a full-length stop to deny Sone Aluko in the closing stages, but Fulham comfortably saw through a job well done.

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Cardiff City announce signing of Greg Halford

Cardiff City have announced the signing of Greg Halford from fellow Championship side Rotherham, for an undisclosed fee.

Greg Halford becomes Cardiff City’s first signing of the January transfer window. Credit: Cardiff City FC

The 32-year-old, who can play in both defence and midfield, has signed a contract with Cardiff which runs until the summer of 2018.

The move re-unites Halford with boss Neil Warnock, who he played under last season.

He's also represented the likes of Sunderland, Wolves, Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth over the course of a 15-year playing career.

Cardiff's game with Brighton called off due to fog

Cardiff City's game with Brighton this evening has been called off due to heavy fog, the club has confirmed.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton examines the pitch. Credit: PA

Neil Warnock's side were due to kick off against promotion chasing Albion at 7:45, but officials and club members made the decision to postpone the match based on weather conditions on the south coast.

There's been no further announcement on when the fixture will be re-arranged.

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Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba charged by FA

Sol Bamba already faces a two-game ban. Credit: PA

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has been charged by the FA following the outburst that saw him sent off during his side’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town.

Bamba has already been handed a two-game ban for the red card he received in the game but that now could be extended following the outcome of a Football Association disciplinary panel.

The 31-year-old apologised to fans and the club following the game after his reaction to tackle made on him and subsequent altercation with manager Neil Warnock.

In a statement on their website, the FA said:

“Souleymane Bamba has been charged by The FA in relation to Cardiff City’s game at Ipswich Town on 10 December 2016.

“It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in or around the 69th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening and is considered sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction.

“He has until 6pm on 16 December 2016 to respond to the charge."

Bluebirds hero Bellamy returns with new appointment

Craig Bellamy has returned to Cardiff City as the club's new Player Development Manager.

The club confirmed the appointment on their website.

Credit: Cardiff City FC

According to the Bluebirds' website, Craig's role will be to oversee the development of younger players on and off the field.

CEO Ken Choo said Bellamy was "the only candidate".

The Club has recently undertaken an internal restructure of its Academy and Development programmes; with this firmly in mind, it's felt that having somebody of Craig's stature in this role can be of huge significance to us moving forward.

Craig's experience and knowledge of the game speaks for itself and we felt he was the only candidate we wanted to take this critical new position at the Club. I’m delighted to have Craig back with us here at Cardiff City Stadium. He's part of the Cardiff City family and I'm thrilled he's taken the opportunity to begin his coaching career with us after his fantastic times here as a player.

– Ken Choo, Executive Director & CEO, Cardiff City FC
The Bluebirds and Wales player announced his retirement as a player in 2014 Credit: PA

Speaking to cardiffcityfc.co.uk, Craig Bellamy described his new appointment as a "fantastic honour".

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