Football: Fifa inquiry into Izmir

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FIFA, the game's global governing body, yesterday ordered an inquiry into crowd incidents at the World Cup qualifier between Turkey and England in Izmir on Wednesday.

England players, officials and fans came under attack from a barrage of missiles thrown from the crowd. One Football Association official was struck in the face by a coin and others were hit by cups of coffee and water, while three players were hit by missiles as they came off the pitch.

The Dutch striker, Marco van Basten, who has not played since an ankle operation in December, will definitely miss the World Cup tie with England at Wembley on 28 April. His club, Milan, say he needs at least another month in which to recover.

Vinnie Jones, the Wimbledon midfielder, will miss today's game with Oldham and the Easter matches against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, because the FA says the next available date it can discuss his disciplinary punishment is 13 April - and not next week as expected. Jones was late for his first hearing; in his absence he was banned 'indefinitely' until the hearing could be rescheduled. The FA is expected to include these three matches in any subsequent ban.

Pat Nevin reached 100 career goals when he scored twice to haul Tranmere from behind to a 2-1 win over Derby in the First Division last night.

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