Palace chairman lands legal victory

Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan scored a legal victory yesterday when a High Court judge upheld his claim that he was "deceived" by manager Iain Dowie over his reasons for leaving the club.

Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan scored a legal victory yesterday when a High Court judge upheld his claim that he was "deceived" by manager Iain Dowie over his reasons for leaving the club.

Jordan accused Dowie of telling lies when he negotiated his way out of his contract with Palace and joined arch rivals Charlton a year ago.

Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled that Palace entered into a compromise agreement, freeing Dowie from his contract, on the basis of "fraudulent representations" by the manager to the effect that he had not contacted Charlton and had no present intention of joining them.

Dowie, 42, had a clause in his contract to the effect that, if he left to join another club, Palace should have received £1m compensation.

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