Palace players in cash bonus row on eve of kickoff
Crystal Palace players are in the bonus row with management on the eve of the Premier League kickoff.
The London Evening Standard says Palace chairman Steve Parish called an emergency meeting with his players at the training ground yesterday to resolve a bonus row that threatens to undermine their start to the season.
The relationship between the two parties has grown tense after the players' request for a much bigger sum was given short shrift by Parish.
The Palace squad shared a pot of around £2.5million after staying up last season but are hoping to secure a sizeable increase having succeeded beyond all expectations in their debut campaign back in the top flight.
Parish said: "We were planning to have more talks and are due to have some more today. I don't know of a problem.
"We agreed the bonuses last year and now the discussions for this season are ongoing. There is nothing agreed yet, but I would suspect that is the same situation at other clubs.
"The talks can be quite contentious. There can be a few discussions and debates about them. But I don't think we're in a difficult situation regarding the bonus scheme. I am certainly not aware if it is any easier or more difficult than at any other club."
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