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Professional Footballers Asso-
ciation chief executive Gordon
Taylor has confirmed the union
has been contacted by Sunderland
players about their manager Paolo
Di Canio and that it is investigating
the recent fines issued by the Ital-
Di Canio, appointed as successor
to the sacked Martin O Neill in
March, has been speaking publicly
about what he sees as a lack of dis-
cipline among the players at the
Wearside club, seven of whom he
fined last week.
Defenders Phil Bardsley and Matt
Kilgallon were dropped from the
matchday squad for Sunday s Bar-
clays Premier League clash at Tot-
tenham after they were pictured
celebrating on a night out in a casino
earlier in the week, with the former
lying on the floor covered in £50
In his post-match press confer-
ence at the weekend, Di Canio said:
"I thought that at (his previous club)
Swindon (there were) arrogant,
ignorant footballers because they ve
not had many chances to stay at
the top level.
"I have to tell you unfortunately
I found a worse environment in
terms of discipline in this club."
That was part of a lengthy rant
about his players from Di Canio,
who stressed the need for the matter
to be addressed and also claimed
the PFA "excuse people that behave
like Phil Bardsley...(even though)
the PFA don t pay them, it s a pri-
vate club that pays them."
Taylor, without being drawn on
specific names or details of the
fines, on Tuesday confirmed that
members of the Sunderland squad
had been in touch with the PFA
regarding former West Ham mid-
fielder Di Canio, and emphasised
that the union were examining the
Meanwhile, Sunderland winger
Adam Johnson has made it clear he
is in favour of Di Canio s hardline
approach if it brings about an
improvement in results.
Under Di Canio, the Black Cats
took eight points from their final
seven games this season and fin-
ished 17th in the table.
PFA investigates Sunderland fines
Tony Pulis has left Stoke City after seven years
in charge at the Britannia Stadium, according
to unconfirmed reports yesterday afternoon.
The Welshman guided Stoke to the Premier
League in 2008 during his second stint at the
helm and later led them to Europe and an FA Cup
But the Potters were dragged into relegation
trouble last season and Pulis drew criticism from
some sections of the Britannia support over his
side s style of play.
Chairman Peter Coates had refused to discuss
the 55-year-old s future while the club struggled
in 2013 but it is understood a decision to part
ways was made during an end-of-season debrief
yesterday. Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo
looks the favourite to succeed him, with ex-QPR
manager Mark Hughes also a frontrunner
Pulis, who after the retirement of Sir Alex Fer-
guson and David Moyes promotion to the Man-
chester United job is the second-longest serving
manager in the country, would leave Stoke in a
far better position than he found them. Within
two years of taking over for his second spell in
charge he won promotion to the Premier League,
where they have never finished below 14th.
He also led them to their first FA Cup final and
consequently into the Europa League.
However, a poor run in the second half of this
season---during which the Potters won just three
of their last 19 league matches and briefly raised
relegation fears---saw them finish with their lowest
Premier League points tally.
Pulis leaves Stoke
LONDON---Manchester United earned a record
60.8 million pounds ($92.7 million) in Premier
League television revenue this season en route
to a 20th English title.
Deposed champion Manchester City, which fin-
ished 11 points behind United in second, received
58.1 million pounds ($88.6 million), according to
figures released by the league yesterday.
Even finishing last was lucrative, with Queens
Park Rangers returning to the second tier after
earning 39.8 million pounds ($60.6 million) from
TV companies. The cash paid by overseas broad-
casters is split evenly between the 20 topflight
teams. Half of the domestic TV income is split
evenly, a quarter is shared depending on where a
club finishes, and the remaining 25 percent is dis-
tributed depending on how often the team is broad-
cast live in Britain.
That meant fifth-place Tottenham was fourth
on the TV revenue standings with 55.9 million
pounds ($85.2 million), while third-place Chelsea
was fifth with 55 million pounds ($83.8 million).
The Premier League is set to generate 5.5 billion
pounds ($8.4 billion) from broadcasters between
2013 and 2016---2 billion pounds ($3 billion) more
than the three-season deal that has just ended.
The champions could earn 100 million pounds
($152 million) next season from broadcasters. (AP)
Man U earns EPL-record
$93M from broadcasters
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