Tony Pulis loses case, ordered to pay ex-club Palace $4.6m
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LONDON — West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis must pay ex-club Crystal Palace 3.7 million pounds ($4.6 million) after losing a court case over his departure.
Pulis unsuccessfully challenged a League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal ruling at London's High Court.
Pulis' contract said he would earn a 2 million-pound bonus for keeping Palace in the Premier League in 2014 and staying in his job until Aug. 31, 2014.
Palace remained in the top flight but Pulis left Aug. 14 after receiving the cash two days earlier.
Palace complained Pulis deceived the club into paying the bonus by saying he was committed to the club and "urgently" needed cash to buy land for his children.
The tribunal ruling, which was upheld by the High Court and published on Monday, said Pulis made "false representations" and "there was no such land transaction."
"By any standards his conduct (prior to and during the litigation) has been shown to be disgraceful," arbitrators said.