Kinnear, Jones and Fowler charged by FA

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Complaints from police have placed three Premiership figures, the Wimbledon manager, Joe Kinnear, his captain, Vinnie Jones, and Liverpool's England B striker, Robbie Fowler, on charges of bringing the game into disrepute. The Football Associationhas accused all three of ungentlemanly behaviour and given them 14 days in which to respond to the charge. The Wimbledon pair were reported following incidents in their game at Newcastle last Wednesday. Jones was warned for a foul and abusive verbal attack on the Newcastle manager, Kevin Keegan, in the dressing -room corridor. According to an eye witness, a police officer twice ordered Jones and Kinnear to be silent before finally administering a caution.

Mike Reed, the match referee, also reported Kinnear who accused him of "cheating" when a late Wimbledon equaliser was disallowed. Kinnear has served three touchline bans and been fined £750 for previous outbursts.

The Leicestershire constabulary filed a complaint to the FA following allegations by supporters that Fowler bared his backside during Liverpool's game at Filbert Street on 26 December.

The Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, has put a transfer block on Mark Hughes and confirmed he is staying until the end of the season and possibly beyond. Following Andy Cole's arrival, the Welsh international had been the subject of a bid from Everton and seemed likely to move. However that was before Eric Cantona's blow-up.

"There's no way Mark'll be leaving now Eric is suspended and we are still hoping he will be with us next season," Ferguson said. Hughes, who hopes to return for the Manchester derby at Maine Road on Saturday week, will now continue contract talks with the club. He has been offered a one-year deal but hopes to double it.

Jurgen Klinsmann has hit out at the Aston Villa goalkeeper, Mark Bosnich, who left the Tottenham striker unconscious after a sickening collision during last week's game at Villa Park. Speaking on BBC TV's Sports night last night, Klinsmann said: "It mademe really angry because I could not see any possibility for him to get to the ball. He left the 18-yard box and, knowing he could no longer use his hands, I think he took the risk to hurt me, to foul me. I think I was just lucky that nothing really bad happened to me."

Bosnich said afer the match he had been trying to head the ball.

Klinsmann also pleaded for understanding to be shown with Cantona, expressing the hope that the members of the FA disciplinary commission who will judge his case "try to get into Cantona's mind and realise how much a player in such situations is under tension".

"It happens sometimes that you lose control and do something wrong, and he did something wrong. But he knows that. You should also think of the circumstances and why he did it. He's in a very difficult situation because people know he has a very hot temper so the crowds, especially at Manchester United's away games, try to provoke him. They try to get him to the point when he risks losing his temper again and that's what happened in this case."

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