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Cardiff lose to Sunderland 4-0 (FT)

Cardiff City have lost 4-0 to Sunderland this afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

Both sides ran out knowing victory would take the winners out of the drop zone, but it was Sunderland who walked away with a win.

Cardiff face Newcastle next Saturday, before a final-day clash with Chelsea at home, knowing they'll almost certainly need to win at least one of those games to survive.

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Whittingham: Sunderland game among biggest in years

Peter Whittingham believes it will be 'the biggest achievement' of his seven-year stint with Cardiff if the Bluebirds secure Barclays Premier League survival this season.

They face Premier League bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light later, with three points their sole objective.

Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham says today's game is Cardff's biggest for years. Credit: PA

A win today would see Cardiff climb out of the danger zone, prior to their final two fixtures against Newcastle and Chelsea.

"It's huge, it's one of the biggest games since I've been here", said midfielder Whittingham, who joined Cardiff from Aston Villa in 2007.

"Along with the cup finals and the play-off finals, it is right up there with those. If we can escape relegation it will be the biggest achievement since I've been here."

The Bluebirds are currently third from bottom after picking up four points in two games.

Kick off is at 12pm.

Whittingham goal gives Cardiff crucial point

Peter Whittingham scores for Cardiff against Stoke Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Peter Whittingham's second-half penalty helped secure a much needed point for Cardiff yesterday, but there's still more work to be done if the Bluebirds are to avoid relegation.

Cardiff head to fellow relegation candidates Sunderland next weekend, before visiting Newcastle and then ending their season at home against title-chasing Chelsea.Read more at ITV Sport.

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Solskjaer pledges support after alleged leak

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has the club's full support, after the player was linked to the alleged leak of team details to Crystal Palace.

It comes as their manager Tony Pulis says he's willing to meet with the Premier League after Cardiff City made a complaint alleging Palace knew about the Bluebirds team before a game earlier this month.

Cardiff City hope commission can settle 'leak' row

Cardiff are currently 19th in the league and three points from safety Credit: PA

Cardiff City say they have 'every faith in the process', after lodging an official complaint with the Premier League, over claims their team was leaked to Crystal Palace before a league game earlier this month.

It's understood an independent commission may be asked to rule on Cardiff's protest.

A spokesman for the club said,

"A formal complaint has been submitted, concerning what we consider to be a serious breach of Premier League rules.

We have asked for an investigation into the matter, which is now in the hands of Premier League officials who will report their findings in due course.

"At this time it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics while the investigation is ongoing.

The club has every faith in the process and will welcome the views of the Premier League."

Premier League bosses will now decide whether the complaint should be taken forward.

If it is, it could be dealt with by either the Premier League's Board, or more likely, an independent commission.

Palace sporting director Iain Moody worked for Cardiff until earlier this season before taking up a post at Selhurst Park in November.

It has been reported that Cardiff believe Moody might have used his contacts at the Welsh club, or close to Cardiff, to find out which players would start against Palace.

Moody, though, has rejected the allegations as "incredibly, extraordinarily untrue" and Palace have also denied the claims.

Cardiff investigate suspected leak of team information

by Nick Hartley, Sports Reporter

Cardiff City are investigating a member of staff tonight over a suspected leak of secret team information to opponents Crystal Palace ahead of last weekend's relegation battle at the City Stadium.

Cardiff have also raised the matter with the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have made no comment on the issue that is the latest twist in a turbulent season at Cardiff.

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