Put on the spot, might be heard by people who matter (the FA, the IP, his friends, his bank etc.) so he's lying through his teeth.
Think who has the most to gain from that exchange and follow the money. What does Dawson gain from coming on radio and saying his Chairman is lying if he has actually been paid.
Makes me laugh..."you've been paid 50%". Like that's alright then. We'd all accept 50% of our salary wouldn't we and watch our boss driving around in his Mercedes and his pin stripe suit and very large house wouldn't we?