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Barnsley make complaint over alleged Barton-Stendel incident

Barnsley have made a formal complaint to the English Football League and Football Association relating to the alleged incident involving their manager Daniel Stendel and Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton following Saturday’s League One game at Oakwell.

South Yorkshire Police are also investigating the matter.

A statement issued by Barnsley read: “Barnsley Football Club can confirm that it has lodged a formal complaint to both the English Football League and the Football Association.

“This is following an alleged incident at the conclusion of the match on Saturday 13th April, between Joey Barton and Daniel Stendel.

“The club is also currently working with the police and assisting with all enquiries regarding the incident.

“No further comment will be issued whilst police investigations are ongoing.”

Following Barnsley’s 4-2 win, their striker Cauley Woodrow suggested Barton confronted Stendel in a now-deleted tweet.

Sky Sports News showed footage after the match that appeared to show former Newcastle United, Marseille and Manchester City midfielder Barton attempting to leave the ground in a car before being stopped by police.

Neither Barnsley nor Fleetwood fulfilled their post-match media duties after the game, where victory moved the Tykes back into the second automatic promotion place.

De Jong eyeing A-League title and Champions League progression

Siem de Jong has his sights firmly on winning the A-League championship and advancing in the AFC Champions League, while the Sydney FC star is open to playing in MLS.

Former Ajax captain De Jong moved to Sydney on a season-long loan deal from the Eredivisie giants in August and the six-time Netherlands international has helped lead the three-time Australian champions into the finals.

De Jong has scored four goals and tallied two assists in 14 A-League appearances in 2018-19 as Sydney sit second and eight points adrift of Premiers Plate winners Perth Glory with two regular-season matches remaining.

Perth have been a class above this term but ex-Newcastle United and PSV forward De Jong is confident Sydney can win silverware ahead of the finals.

“We had a pretty good season, a few ups and down but eventually we’re ready [for] going into the finals,” De Jong – whose Sydney will host Perth on Thursday – told Omnisport.

“If you look at the league, Perth have done a good job this season so they’ll be one of the favourites. We’ve played them, they’re a tough side to beat, but so are we.

“Melbourne Victory did well. We’ve played them a few times and they were tough games as well. We’ll be up there with those teams, and hopefully we’ll win it in the end.”

Asked about his highlights in Australia, the 30-year-old replied: “The highlights are still to come, I hope. At the end of the season I hope we’ll win the Grand Final – that’s what I am here for, to win prizes, so hopefully we’ll have that at the end of the season.”

Sydney are also juggling Champions League commitments, with Steve Corica’s men coming up against Asian powerhouse Shanghai SIPG – who boast Oscar and Hulk – 2012 winners Ulsan Hyundai and Kawasaki Frontale in Group H.

De Jong scored in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to SIPG on matchday three – a result that left Sydney with two points from three games but only two points adrift of the second-placed Chinese giants.

“We should have won one of those games [Sydney drew 0-0 against Ulsan] – especially the home games we played pretty well,” De Jong said. “But we didn’t get the three points and that’s the part that sucks a bit. It’s going to be a difficult one, but we still believe in it, we believe we can play well against these teams. I think we’ve shown it in all the games, but it’ll be tough game going to two away games and then another home game.

“We want to go through to the next round and of course it’ll be tough … we played well but didn’t get the points at home. We need to prove [we can get the points away from home] in the next two games.”

De Jong’s future beyond this season is uncertain and a move to the United States – where countrymen Frank de Boer (Atlanta United head coach) and Gregory van der Wiel (Toronto full-back) call home – is something that interests him.

“I’ve always said I’d like to play in America. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but I wouldn’t mind having a few seasons there as well,” he added. “I’d like to see how it is – the league is quite tough there, quite competitive. I’d like to see America a bit as well.”

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Everton´s Gomes charged with violent conduct by FA

Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The Everton midfielder was involved in an incident not seen by match officials in his side’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

During added time, Gomes appeared to stamp on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The FA confirmed on Monday that Gomes has 24 hours to respond.

Portugal international Gomes has impressed for the Toffees since joining on loan from Barcelona last August.

The 25-year-old has made 26 Premier League appearances and boss Marco Silva has said he is keen on sealing a permanent deal for the player.

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Kompany says Manchester City contract talks can wait

Vincent Kompany wants to continue his career next season but is content to delay discussions over a new Manchester City deal.

City captain Kompany, 33, is out of contract at the end of 2018-19..

The experienced defender has been at the Etihad Stadium since 2008 and reports earlier this year indicated he will be offered a 12-month extension.

However, Pep Guardiola has previously warned the Belgium international will not be retained purely for sentimental reasons, with injury issues having restricted him to nine Premier League starts this term.

“I’ll be playing next season,” Kompany said when asked about his future by talkSPORT, though the centre-back did not specify where.

“I’m part of the [City] family now, so we’ll deal with this situation as a family.

“We might agree or disagree, but it won’t change any of the relationships between me and the club.

“But it’s not a priority right now. One guarantee is that I will be playing and trying to win more trophies.”

Kompany played 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday after watching from the bench as City slumped to a 1-0 loss in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Tottenham.

The ex-Anderlecht and Hamburg man is confident the deficit can be overturned when the teams reconvene in Manchester on Wednesday.

“Of course we can, but it will need to be a special night,” he said.

“I look at Wednesday and for me it’s a night of opportunities. You go into these games and you know you can do something special. If not, why are we in this game?”

And manager Guardiola is equally confident of progressing to the final four.

“If you ask me what is going to happen, we’ll be in the semi-finals. That is what I feel right now,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“It’s what I felt right after the game and when I reviewed the game. Maybe I’m wrong but what I feel now, we’ll be in the semi-finals.

“The [first-leg] result is not ideal but it’s not a disaster. We are able to score goals and we are going to do it.”

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Frosinone 1 Inter 3: Nainggolan, Perisic and Vecino cement top-four berth

Inter held off Frosinone’s second-half fightback to strengthen their position inside Serie A’s top four thanks to Sunday’s 3-1 win at Stadio Benito Stirpe.

Goals from Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic before the interval appeared to put Luciano Spalletti’s side on course for a routine victory over their relegation-threatened hosts, who remain eight points from safety.

But Francesco Cassata halved the deficit just past the hour with an effort that Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic ought to have repelled.

That strike breathed fresh life into the contest as the Nerazzurri were forced to hold on somewhat grimly for the remainder, ultimately securing a success that cements their place in third thanks to Matias Vecino’s injury-time goal.

They now sit six points clear of fifth-place Roma, who visit San Siro next weekend.

Frosinone came into the game in possession of the division’s worst home record and found themselves behind inside 20 minutes as Danilo D’Ambrosio crossed from the right and Nainggolan steered the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Luca Paganini ought to have done better than guide a free header over from eight yards as the hosts sought a swift response and they were masters of their own downfall in going two behind before the break.

Raman Chibsah inexplicably bear-hugged Milan Skriniar to the floor at a corner and Perisic calmly converted the spot-kick, sending Marco Sportiello the wrong way.

Sportiello saved impressively from Matteo Politano one-on-one as Inter threatened to put the game completely to bed and that stop took on added importance as Cassata’s effort from the edge of the box squirmed under Handanovic’s right arm.

Camillo Ciano whipped a free-kick narrowly wide and Lorenzo Ariaudo headed straight at Handanovic as Frosinone harnessed their momentum, only for any hopes of salvaging a point to be decisively quashed by Vecino’s well-worked goal.

 

What does it mean? Inter well set for Champions League return

Having been eliminated at the group stage in December following a seven-year absence, Inter look in good shape to be dining at European club football’s top table again in 2019-20.

 

Nainggolan arrives right on time

Not necessarily best known for his goalscoring prowess, the Belgian midfielder timed his run into the box perfectly to meet D’Ambrosio’s delivery, providing Inter the platform to prosper.

 

Chibsah’s cheap foul proves costly

There was no need for Chibsah to take such an aggressive hold of Skriniar, and the two-goal deficit established by Perisic’s penalty proved too great for Frosinone to overturn.

 

Key Opta facts

– Inter have won each of their four Serie A meetings against Frosinone with an aggregate score of 11-1.
– Francesco Cassata scored the first Frosinone goal against Inter in Serie A.
– Radja Nainggolan has scored two of his four Serie A goals with Inter with a header – none of his 35 goals scored with AS Roma in the competition came with a header.
– All the last five Ivan Perisic Serie A goals have come in away games.

What’s next?

Inter face a huge home fixture with fellow top-four hopefuls Roma on Saturday, while Frosinone’s fight to stave off relegation continues at Cagliari.

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