Football: Barnsley and Everton charged

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The Football Association has charged Barnsley and Everton with failing to control spectators following the pitch invasion incidents in their weekend Premiership defeats.

During Barnsley's 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, Gary Willard had to take cover in the dressing-room after home fans, furious at two dismissals, tried to attack him. At Goodison, one Everton supporter made for Neale Barry after he awarded Aston Villa a penalty in their 4-1 win.

Glenn Hoddle's agent yesterday denied that the England coach intends to leave his position for a managerial role at Monaco. Reports suggested the French champions were offering Hoddle pounds 3m tax free in a three-year deal to take over at the club where he once played. Monaco, who knocked Manchester United out of the Champions' League, also denied having made any approach to Hoddle.

Tottenham's hopes of escaping the relegation battle have been boosted after Darren Anderton and Steffen Iversen, both out since December, made successful comebacks in the reserves yesterday and could make Saturday's game with Everton.

Chelsea are looking to add to their international roster by signing a pair of Turkish players, the striker Hakan Sukur and the midfielder Ercan Abdullah.

Middlesbrough, beaten by Chelsea in the Coca-Cola Cup final on Sunday, will not take the Uefa Cup place should Chelsea win the European Cup-Winners' Cup - it will instead go to the best-placed Premiership club not already qualified for European competition.

Southampton's England Under-21 striker Kevin Davies is ready to return to action. Davies has not played since suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury during the 3-2 win at Liverpool at the beginning of February.

Birmingham have offered a new one-year contract to their captain Steve Bruce, who will be 38 this year, but Bruce said he would wait until the end of the season before making a decision.

Pele is resigning from his position as Brazil's special minister of sports to do television commentary for Globo TV at the World Cup - and may find his job gone when he returns. Reports from Brazil said yesterday that the country's president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, planned to eliminate the sports ministry when Pele left.

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