Berkovic faces inquiry over throat-slitting gesturePosted: Friday October 04, 2002 11:52 AM
LONDON (AP) -- Manchester City striker Eyal Berkovic is under investigation by the Football Association after making a throat-slitting gesture to a woman fan.
The Israeli international made the gesture during City's 3-2 win over Crewe in a League Cup game Tuesday night at Maine Road.
The incident came after Berkovic was denied a penalty and received abuse from some of the home supporters.
Berkovic declined to explain publicly the reasons for his actions. But the Daily Mail reported Friday that he was provoked by an anti-Semitic remark.
"Eyal Berkovic is to be investigated following Tuesday night's match between Manchester City and Crewe at Maine Road and an alleged incident involving the Manchester City player," the FA said in a statement Friday.
"We can confirm that we are aware of these reports and are studying reports from the game and are investigating the matter further."
The club, which held its own internal inquiry, said Friday the incident resulted from "a misunderstanding" and the female fan had decided not to pursue the matter.
"Following the game on Wednesday evening against Crewe Alexandra we were informed about an incident involving one of our players and a supporter," club operations director Chris Bird said in an official statement.
"After a thorough investigation involving all parties in and around the area in question it is clear that there has been a misunderstanding of the actual situation.
"Having spoken this morning to the supporter involved, they are satisfied with the investigation and our actions and does not wish to take the matter further."
Bird declined to speculate whether Berkovic would be disciplined internally by the club. That decision rests largely with manager Kevin Keegan.
"It is right that the FA investigates it," Keegan said. "It is unfortunate that it happened because you never like to see those things but that's footballers. Let's hope that everything can be sorted so no one is offended."
Berkovic will travel with the rest of the squad for Saturday's league game at Southampton.
Meanwhile, Leicester manager Micky Adams faces possible FA sanctions after allegedly making gestures to Sheffield Wednesday fans in Wednesday's League Cup win at Hillsborough.
The Foxes came back from a goal down to win 2-1 in extra time.
Following Leicester's late equalizer, Adams gestured to Owls supporters, and some angry Wednesday fans tried to get onto the pitch to confront him.
Roy Keane close to return to training
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United captain Roy Keane will return to training in two weeks and be playing again within a month, manager Alex Ferguson said Friday.
Keane, 31, is recovering from a Sept. 3 hip operation which had originally been expected to sideline him for three months.
But Ferguson said the midfielder would come back much sooner, along with Wes Brown, recovering from a broken ankle.
"Keane and Brown will be back training within a couple of weeks and playing again within a month," Ferguson said.
Keane still faces a possible lengthy ban after the Football Association charged him on two counts of bringing the game into disrepute. The charges stem from the admission in his autobiography that he deliberately set out to injure Manchester City's Alf Inge Halland in a Premier League game on April 21, 2001.
The FA hearing is set for Oct. 15.
United's injury list looks to be getting shorter. Ferguson said winger Quinton Fortune was almost ready to return from a foot injury.
"We have Quinton, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes back now, so things are improving on that front," he said.
However, Ferguson said Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was still troubled by the hamstring problem which forced him to miss Tuesday's 4-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.
"Ruud has not trained yet but hopefully will be OK by Monday," Ferguson said. "But if there is any doubt we won't take a chance."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.