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Charlie Adam wins bonus but is still tied to Blackpool

Charlie Adam
Scottish midfielder Adam has been one of Blackpool's best players this season

Blackpool must pay captain Charlie Adam performance bonus money from last season which he insisted he was owed, the Premier League has announced.

But its arbitration court ruled that the non-payment of the bonus was not a "repudiatory" breach of his contract.

That means that fears the influential Scottish international, 24, could leave the club as a free agent are likely to now be over for manager Ian Holloway.

Both the player and the club has until Friday to appeal the decision.

Midfielder Adam's dispute with his club centred on an agreement which gave certain staff a bonus for preventing the club from going down to League One last season, which they achieved.

But the Seasiders also sprang a shock when, over and above merely avoiding relegation, they actually won promotion to the top flight.

Adam, who has scored three goals after hitting 18 in the Championship following his move from Rangers, faced the arbitration committee on 4 November to test his entitlement to the 'survival bonus'.

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In a statement, the Premier League said: "The hearing specifically considered a bonus payment that Mr Adam believed he was due from the club and whether non-payment of the bonus amounted to a repudiatory breach of his contract.

"The Appeal Board found in favour of Mr Adam in relation to the bonus payment but deemed the non-payment was not a repudiatory breach of the player's contract."

The ruling, issued on Wednesday, could open the door for other players and staff to pursue similar bonus agreements.

Last week Holloway stated: "I don't want to get involved. Charlie said it was never about getting a free away from this club and the way he is playing is proving that.

"It was all another storm in a teacup, which happens at this level."



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