Update from Tuesday, March 4
Jason Puncheon has been fined for his comments in relation to Neil Warnock, the FA confirmed on Tuesday.
An official statement read:
Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted an FA charge for Twitter comments he made in relation to Neil Warnock.
The charge was that in posting the comments, Puncheon failed to act in the best interests of the game and/or acted in a manner which was improper and/or used abusive and/or insulting words, in contravention of FA Rule E3(1).
Jason Puncheon's incendiary comments about his former manager at Queens Park Rangers, Neil Warnock, on Twitter in January have come back to bite him, as the Football Association has charged him for his remarks.
TheFA.com reported the following on Monday:
Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon has been charged by The FA for Twitter comments he made in relation to Neil Warnock.
It is alleged that in posting these comments, Puncheon failed to act in the best interests of the game, and/or acted in a manner which was improper, and/or used abusive and/or insulting words in contravention of FA Rule E3. Puncheon has until 6pm on Thursday 27 February 2014 to respond to the charge.
After Puncheon missed a penalty against Tottenham on Jan. 12, Warnock mocked the player on talkSPORT. That sent Puncheon into a Twitter tirade, accusing Warnock of being "crooked" and accepting payments from players looking to assure they would get in the game.
He also accused his former manager of never being at the team's training. The tweets were soon removed, but the damage was done.
Last Tuesday, Puncheon took to Twitter to apologize about the remarks:
Regarding my tweet about my old gaffer, Neil Warnock I have now heard the full interview and Neil has acknowledged that he wasn't being...— Jason Puncheon (@punch_jason) February 18, 2014
...personal I have apologised to Neil and withdrawn my allegations about him, which I accept were unfounded. We move on.— Jason Puncheon (@punch_jason) February 18, 2014
It's possible that Warnock threatened legal action if Puncheon didn't publicly retract his earlier comments, and Warnock was said to have considered his legal options at the time, according to Sky Sports.
Puncheon has made 23 appearances for Crystal Palce this season, starting 20 games. The midfielder is clearly an important player to the side and has scored three goals and an assist, while WhoScored.com has given him a solid 6.87 average match rating in the Premier League this year.
It remains to be seen how harsh his penalty will be. One would guess the fact that he publicly apologized would somewhat help his case. But if he is suspended for any length of time, it would certainly be a blow for Palace.
The club is currently embroiled in a relegation battle, sitting 16th on the table but a measly two points clear of the No. 18 team, Sunderland. They'll need all hands on deck down the stretch, and the loss of Puncheon certainly wouldn't help.