These days, it is common to hear soccer fans saying something like "of course, soccer is just like any other business now." It is a phrase intended to establish the speaker as a hard-nosed realist, puncturing idealistic delusions about the beautiful game with a knowing appreciation of the forces of profit and commerce that are now said to underpin the sport.
According to the Daily Mail, Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is staring down the barrel of a Premier League investigation over allegations he has offered his players an illegal bonus as an incentive to avoiding relegation this season before Sunday's game against Tottenham.
As if Cardiff City's first and perhaps only season in the Premier League couldn't have gotten any worse, but now the league is investigating claims that club owner Vincent Tan offered his players an illegal bonus of £3.7million to avoid relegation.
The Guardiannewspaper reports that Tan met with the players before last weekend's game against Tottenham and offered the bonus, which would be split among the footballers as a reward for keeping the club in the top flight this season.
For all the bullying and coming from their club of late, supporters of Hull City can at least take a crumb of comfort from the fact that, on the pitch, their team is holding its own in the Premier League at the moment this season. This isn't a luxury that is currently being extended to the long-suffering supporters of Cardiff City.
In Saturday's FA Cup action in the 5th Round of the tournament, Manchester City stole the headlines with an impressive and surprisingly comfortable 2-0 win against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. It was a complete team performance from Manuel Pellegrini's side, which Mourinho admitted that the best team won.
NBC Sports delivered its most watched Premier League broadcast to date when 1.2 million average viewers watched the South Wales derby between Swansea City and Cardiff live on the over-the-air NBC network.
The 12:30-2:30pm ET broadcast on NBC edges closer to the all-time Premier League record viewing audience in the United States, which was 1.
Cardiff City came away from yet another home fixture last night with a solitary point following a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in early January, the form of the Welsh club has been indifferent at best with defeats coming at Manchester United and fierce rivals Swansea whilst there have been positive results at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy has been suspended for three matches after he accepted a charge by The FA of violent conduct for his behavior in the defeat against Swansea City.
After running up behind Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, Bellamy punched him in the side of the face. Presumably Bellamy was getting frustrated by his hometown club getting thrashed by Swansea in the South Wales derby.
NBC's live coverage of the South Wales derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City posted the network's best overnight rating of the 2013/14 Premier League season thus far, with a 1.0 overnight rating.
The 1.0 metered rating beat the previous record overnight rating, which was 0.79 for Arsenal against Liverpool that was played on November 2, 2013.
PHOTO: Wilfried Zaha and Fabio in Cardiff training kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has finally completed his loan move to fellow Premier League side Cardiff City, with the England international joining the Bluebirds for the remainder of the season.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has long preferred a tactic where he plays with two out-and-out wingers who can float inside when needed. Wayne Rooney isn't 100% match fit, so with the signing of Juan Mata, Moyes dropped Adnan Januzaj Tuesday night against Cardiff City and continued playing with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the wings.
Perhaps now we at least might have some understanding of why Vincent Tan has been so insistent on the subject of changing the colours of Cardiff City's shirts over this last couple of years or so. By wearing red, all associated with the club are better prepared to mask the redness of their faces as the club's owner repeatedly drags its name through the mud.
To mark the anniversary of the founding of his company, Berjaya, Vincent Tan was honoured with a collosal, 20-metre-long dragon-shaped birthday cake in Malaysia yesterday.
According to Wales Online, the huge dragon cake was the centrepiece of theBerjaya Founder's Day celebrations held on February 22 in Berjaya Times Square the gleaming 48-storey, 203m twin-tower hotel, condominium, indoor amusement park and shopping centre complex that Tan owns in Kuala Lumpur.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Cardiff City Premier League 2nd March 2014
Since taking over at beleaguered Cardiff, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was enjoyed just one win in eight Premier League games, with Sunday's defeat at White Hart Lane keeping his side three points away from safety.
Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City Premier League 22nd February 2014
Vincent Tan's 'individual' style of club ownership at Cardiff City is yet to produce much success on the pitch this season, with the Bluebirds, under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, going down 4-0 at home to Hull on Saturday.
Cardiff City 1-2 Wigan Athletic FA Cup 5th Round 15th February 2014
Wigan's goal-hero from last season's cup final struck again on Saturday in Cardiff, with Ben Watson's 4oth minute strike securing a place in the last eight for Wigan. Chris McCann had put the visitors ahead on 18th minutes before striker Frazier Campbell fired home an equaliser soon after.
Cardiff City 2-1 Norwich City Premier League 1st February 2014
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked up his first points as Cardiff boss as his side came from behind to beat Norwich in Wales. Robert Snodgrass had given the Canaries an early lead, but the Bluebirds fought back and early second half goals from Craig Bellamy and new-signing Kenwyne Jones secured a vital win for the home side.
He might have flopped during his time at Manchester United so far, but Wilfried Zaha proved he can cut it in the Premier League with a great debut performance for Cardiff yesterday. The England international was brought on for his first appearance since joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on loan in the 38th minute of [.
Southampton defender Luke Shaw has been called up to England's squad to face Denmark next week. The 18-year-old is promoted from Gareth Southagate's England Under-21 side for his first senior call-up. Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been rewarded for his excellent form with a recall to Roy Hodgson's squad, while Cardiff defender Steven Caulker is [.
Cardiff City got a point from their game at home to Aston Villa this evening and they had goalkeeper David Marshall to thank for it. Marshall pulled off this wonder save from Andy Weimann in the closing moments of the game. The Scotland international smacked his head on the ground as he landed having [.
Cardiff's Craig Bellamy will miss the club's next three games after accepting a violent conduct charge from the FA. The veteran striker was charged for striking Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman during Saturday's south Wales derby defeat. Bellamy has decided not to appeal the ban. Cardiff tweeted: "Craig will now miss Cardiff City's next three matches [.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been sacked. Club captain Garry Monk in charge for Saturday's south Wales derby against fierce rivals Cardiff City. Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said: "It is a decision we have taken reluctantly. "But it's a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.
Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha has posted an Instagram update that can only be read as criticism of David Moyes. The England winger, who joined Cardiff City on loan last month, uploaded a photo of him and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The picture was accompanied by the message: "Nothing like someone who believes in you.
Quite the barbed comment this from young wideboy Wilfried Zaha who, on Monday, posted a photo on Instagram of new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer giving him instructions, alongside the words "Nothing like someone who believes in you". Ignoring he questionable grammar, this was obviously a shot aimed at Manchester United manager David Moyes, who rarely played the winger before letting him join Cardiff City and Solskjaer on loan during the transfer window.
David Moyes isn't the only one who's suddenly 10 years older after a few short months on the Manchester United bench. Winger Wilfried Zaha has been afflicted by the same problem. According to a Sky Sports graphic ahead of yesterday's game between Swansea and Cardiff, the England Under-21 regular is now aged 31.
BREAKING: #CardiffCity complete loan deal for @ManUtd winger @wilfriedzaha. #WelcomeZaha #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/bjJeTeFFEJ Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 31, 2014 Cardiff have completed the signings of Manchester United pair Wilfried Zaha and Fabio. BREAKING: @CardiffCityFC complete the signing of full-back Fábio da Silva from @ManUtd.
While it's not officially official yet (i.e, the conformation is yet to appear on either club's website), we think you can probably go ahead and take it as read that Wilfried Zaha has completed his loan move from Manchester United to Cardiff City, being as though the 21-year-old winger has posted a photo of himself dressed in Cardiff's training kit along with the caption "first session done".
Having polished off his 20-foot, dragon-shaped birthday cake, Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan gave an interview to BBC Sport earlier in the week that is scheduled to air during this Saturday's Football Focus (at least we assume it is), in which the Malaysian businessman does his outright to refute the British perception of him being a cartoon villain.
Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson suffered a further injury setback earlier this week but it looks like he's finding ways to keep his spirits up. With wife Marie-Louise away on holiday with fellow Cardiff WAGs Kelly McNaughton and Shelley Cowie, the Hudson boys decided to have a bit of fun. Hudson branded his efforts "Le [.
Cardiff and Hull come into this one needing all three points as they try to beat the drop and despite Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's good cup run his side have found it difficult to put points on the board, however Hull's away form thus far has been dreadful and it could continue tomorrow in Wales.
Best Bet: draw @21/10
Scorecast: 1-1 @5/1
First Goalscorer: Frasier Campbell @6/1
Cardiff City have failed to score in 14 Barclays Premier League games this season; more often than any other team.