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Cardiff sack player in mysterious circumstances

There was shocking news announced on early Wednesday afternoon when Cardiff chose to sack a player of theirs in mysterious circumstances.

The Bluebirds announced in a 26-word statement that they have terminated winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s contract with immediate effect.

The club has not explained the reasons behind the decision but it has since been learned by BBC Sport Wales that it is for an alleged breach of contract.

The 28 year old former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Peterborough United and Rochdale forward was part of the Cardiff side that won promotion to the Premier League back in 2018.

Mendez-Laing made a total of 92 appearances for the Bluebirds, also scoring 14 goals in the process.

He joined Cardiff under former manager Neil Warnock (currently managing Middlesbrough) on a free transfer from Rochdale in 2017.

“Cardiff City Football Club has, with immediate effect, terminated the contract of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing,” the Bluebirds wrote in a short statement.

“The club will not be making any further comment on the matter.”

The statement comes just three days from the beginning of the 2020/21 Championship campaign, and it’s a huge blow to the Welsh side to have Mendez-Laing no longer in the Cardiff playing squad.

It comes after Neil Harris said Mendez-Laing had not been involved in pre-season plans owing to personal reasons. The 28-year-old had also deleted all forms of social media.

However, it is understood the player’s contract termination is not mutual and it is an action which has been taken by the club upon learning of a breach of contract.

Neil Harris’ side begin their league season at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

Journalist @PaulAbbandonato wrote on Twitter: “This is massive @CardiffCityFC news – and a terrible way to start the season. But I’m told the player is very much to blame as far as the club are concerned.

“Terrible loss. But if what I’m being told is correct the club hierarchy had no option. Or, to be precisely correct here and to be fair to Mendez, club hierarchy ‘FELT they had no option’. There are, of course, always two sides to any story…”


2009–2012 – Wolverhampton Wanderers
2010–2011 → Peterborough United (loan) – 33 apps (5 goals)
2011 → Sheffield United (loan) – 8 apps (1 goal)
2012–2015 – Peterborough United – 51 apps (4 goals)
2012 → Portsmouth (loan) – 8 apps (0 goals)
2014 → Shrewsbury Town (loan) – 6 apps (0 goals)
2015 → Cambridge United (loan) – 11 apps (1 goal)
2015–2017 – Rochdale – 72 apps (15 goals)
2017–2020 – Cardiff City – 85 apps (13 goals)

National team
2008 – England U16 – 2 apps (0 goals)
2008 – England U17 – 7 apps (0 goals)

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