A Premier League arbitration panel has ruled in favour of Charlie Adam in his dispute with Blackpool over a bonus payment.
Adam had claimed his contract with the club had been breached after the Seasiders failed to pay him a £20,000 survival bonus from last season, in which the Seasiders, considered one of the favourites for relegation from the Championship, earned a shock promotion to England’s top flight.
There had been suggestions that the Scotland international, one of Blackpool’s star performers so far this season, could walk away for nothing as a result of the dispute but, even though they ruled in the player’s favour, the Premier League insist there has been no breach of contract.
A statement read: “A Board appeal hearing, convened under Premier League rules, was held on Thursday, November 4 to consider a dispute between Blackpool FC and Charles Adam.
“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 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.
“Each party has until Friday, November 26 to appeal the decision.”