Warnock hits back in Twitter row with outspoken Puncheon

Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock.Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock.
Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon could face legal action from Neil Warnock following a series of tweets in reaction to criticism of his penalty miss at Tottenham.

Puncheon – whom Warnock signed on loan when manager at QPR in September 2011 – spurned the chance to give relegation battlers Palace an early lead at White Hart Lane when he blasted his spot-kick horribly wide.

Spurs went on to win the match 2-0 as the Eagles were left bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

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The 27-year-old came in for criticism from many commentators over the weekend, but took exception to comments from Warnock in his role as a pundit on talkSPORT.

Puncheon, who is on loan at Palace from Southampton, has since deleted his posts.

Warnock, sacked by Rangers in November 2012, revealed he had been alerted to the matter and was now considering his next course of action.

“He’s made comments that I know nothing about and if it’s been suggested that I’ve done anything untoward then I can confirm that I most certainly have not,” said Warnock.

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“The matter is being addressed with him directly now on my behalf.”

Puncheon left only the following post on his official Twitter account: “In the wake of a bad penalty and people’s opinions and banter which I accept @mattletiss7 on @talkSPORTLive this morning gets it right.”

One earlier Tweet had read: “Everything else is banter and opinions and as a man I will live with that which is fine but I will not live with his opinion.”

Warnock had not held back in his criticism of Puncheon during his comments on live radio.

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“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,” he said. “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.”

Warnock added: “I think a centre-half might have done a bit better!”

The Football Association has not made any comment regarding Puncheon’s posts, which it may consider brings the game into disrepute.