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Wigan to launch 'full investigation' into pitch invasion

Wigan beat Man City to reach the quarter-final. Credit: PA

Wigan are to carry out a full investigation into the crowd disturbances which marred the club's dramatic FA Cup victory over Manchester City on Monday.

City striker Sergio Aguero became involved in a physical exchange with a Wigan supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the field following the final whistle at the DW Stadium.

A number of fans also headed towards the end where the visiting fans were sat to continue their celebrations, sparking further disorder.

Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown onto the field along with other objects, while missiles were also thrown from the field into the stand. There were also clashes between fans and police and stewards.

Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson said in a statement: "Whilst we appreciate that the vast majority of supporters who ran on to the pitch did so spontaneously to celebrate a famous victory, we were disappointed with the action of a minority of supporters who acted in an inappropriate manner.

"Player and staff safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation."

Stoney to join England Women coaching staff

Stoney announced she will join Phil Neville's staff. Credit: PA

Former England women captain Casey Stoney has announced her retirement from playing in order to take a role in Phil Neville's backroom staff.

The 35-year-old defender made her debut in 2000 and was capped 130 times, scoring six goals.

She said on Twitter: "After 23 incredible years it's time to bid farewell to my playing career and embark on an exciting new chapter.

"I'm delighted to be joining Phil Neville's @Lionesses' backroom team! Weds @LFCLadies game will be my last. I'd like to thank everyone that made my dreams come true..."


Guardiola reveals Man City striker Jesus is back in training

Jesus hasn't played since new year's eve. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola has revealed Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is back in training after a knee injury.

The Brazil international has been out since the end of December when he picked up knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace.

City boss Guardiola has described the 20-year-old's imminent return as "good news" but Monday's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Wigan could come too soon.

Guardiola said: "Gabriel Jesus will be in training today, I don't know when he'll be ready to play but today will be his first training for the team."

Guardiola also claims he "feels English" having seen a number of Premier League clubs impress in the Champions League.

City hold a 4-0 lead against Basel in their last-16 tie, while Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 and Tottenham drew 2-2 at Juventus in their first-leg clashes in midweek.

Guardiola added: "Being here, I feel English, I feel even more part of this league. It's great news for this country that the Premier League teams are doing so well in Europe."

On the game against 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan, who beat Bournemouth in a third-round replay, Guardiola said: "Of course I am concerned.

"I saw the game against Bournemouth. Bournemouth are one of the teams I like to watch the most in the Premier League and they were able to beat them.

West Brom investigating 'incident' during club trip to Spain

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Four senior West Brom players were involved in "an incident" during the club's mid-winter training trip to Spain.

The Baggies announced on Friday that they have opened an investigation into the matter.

The club say the quartet will be "subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures", and that they will make no further comment until their investigation is completed.

Manager Alan Pardew said the players involved broke a curfew that had been imposed on them.

"It wasn't what we wanted. We've gone there to try to get ourselves ready and up for the run-in and this is obviously not ideal," he said.

"They broke the curfew and that's unacceptable and I feel a bit let down by that. It was a curfew on that evening and it was broken and that's all I'm going to comment."

He added: "As much as you want information and stuff, the club is clear it wants to investigate it properly and I think that's right. We just want to concentrate on the game now. Our fans will want to see us put on a performance."

West Brom play Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Pardew refused to comment on reports the incident involved a taxi, and whether the players had spoken to police.

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