FA assessing report before decision over Jones

DAVE JONES was last night still waiting to hear if the Football Association plan to take action over a touchline bust-up that saw the Sheffield Wednesday manager sent to the stands during the weekend win over Brighton.

Dave Jones

Police and stewards were forced to intervene in a fracas that saw Jones and Seagulls first-team coach Charlie Oatway clash in the wake of a challenge by Danny Pugh that left the visiting bench incensed.

Members of both coaching staffs became embroiled in the confrontation that ended with referee Simon Hooper banishing Jones and Oatway from the technical areas.

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Disciplinary action may follow against either party and/or the two clubs, though as of last night the FA were still pondering their next move.

A spokesman for the FA said: “We are currently assessing the match officials’ report and footage as we investigate to see what, if any, further action is required.”

Brighton, who host high-flying Hull City on Saturday, had been reduced to 10 men in the first half after Ashley Barnes saw red for an ugly lunge at Kieran Lee.

Barnes will miss the Tigers encounter, while another player in danger of having to watch from the sidelines on Saturday is Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Last month’s £1.5m signing from Sunderland, who netted the winner against Millwall at the weekend, has withdrawn from tomorrow’s international friendly between Republic of Ireland and Poland with a knee injury.

Bradford City have extended the loan spell of Blair Turgott from West Ham United until March 3, meaning the winger will be available for the club’s Capital One Cup final with Swansea the previous weekend.

It is the second time that the Bantams have extended the 18-year-old’s stay at Valley Parade since his arrival in November.

Two matches involving Yorkshire clubs that were scheduled for FA Cup fifth-round weekend have been rearranged.

Leeds United’s home game against Peterborough United and Barnsley’s meeting with Brighton at Oakwell have both been moved back to a new date of Tuesday, March 12.

Rotherham United’s New York Stadium will host Hope Powell’s England as they prepare for Euro 2013 with a friendly against Canada on Sunday, April 7 (kick-off 3pm).

Millers chairman Tony Stewart said: “We look forward to putting our home on show for the world to see, in what I believe will be a very good game.

“We feel privileged that the Football Association have granted Rotherham United the opportunity to host this game.”