Brentford’s defender faces disciplinary action over refusal to play

first_img James Tarkowski Brentford defender James Tarkowski faces internal disciplinary action after refusing to play in tonight’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Burnley.The Bees have issued a statement clarifying their stance, with the Clarets having reportedly bid for the 23-year-old earlier this week.The statement read: “James Tarkowski will be the subject of internal disciplinary action after telling head coach Dean Smith that he did not wish to play against Burnley in tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match.“Following discussions with Smith, Tarkowski declared himself unavailable for the fixture despite being selected in the starting line-up. As a result of these actions, he will be disciplined by the club.“Any resulting sanction will remain confidential and the club will make no further comment on potential punishment.“Tarkowski has been the subject of transfer bids during the current January transfer window but none have matched the club’s valuation of the player. In fact, all recent bids have been substantially lower than one that was rejected last year.”Tarkowski, valued at £5million by Brentford, is said to be keen on a move back to the north west and is aware of interest from the Clarets.He told Get West London on Wednesday: “It’s between the clubs. I can’t decide if I’m moving from club to club. It’s up to Brentford to decide where my future lies.” 1last_img read more

2 killed, 16 hurt in sandstorm crashes

first_imgA family of 11 visiting from Fortaleza, Brazil, and on their way to Las Vegas were in a van that crashed. Nine of them were injured and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with broken arms, legs and lacerations, a family member said. “All my family was in this van, all 11,” a sobbing Fernando Amaral Pontes, 46, said. Markan Rios, a passenger in the van, was visibly shaken as he waited next to the crumbled van for someone to take him and Pontes to the hospital. “I couldn’t see anything. It was too much and too quick,” Rios said. “I was coming in, and I saw the sand, and we slowed down, but the truck in front of us had stalled and we couldn’t stop.” Anthony Valdespino, who drives through the area daily, told KCAL Channel 9 “everybody just came to an abrupt stop. There were people that were speeding, and unfortunately I don’t know if they made it through or not.” Valdespino recalled the sound of brakes screeching all around him. “I’ve never seen dust like that,” he said. “I’ve lived out here most of my life, and I’ve never seen dust that thick like that before.” The accident happened just west of Edwards Air Force Base and at the northern edge of Los Angeles County. It was about 40 miles northeast of the site of a fiery truck pileup Friday night in a tunnel on the Interstate 5 freeway in Santa Clarita. The cause of that crash, which killed three people and injured 10, is still under investigation. Authorities said 31 vehicles, including one passenger car and dozens of big rigs, piled up in a chain-reaction crash inside the tunnel that carries truck traffic through the area toward Los Angeles. Tuesday’s crash left big rigs and passenger cars scattered and bent on the pavement and dirt center divider. The CHP closed all northbound lanes of Highway 14, causing traffic to back up for miles. It reopened about five hours later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. COUNTY: Winds lead to wrecks that involved 15 vehicles on Highway 14. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Over a dozen vehicles slammed into one another when a blinding sandstorm surprised motorists Tuesday in the high desert north of Los Angeles, killing at least two and injuring 16. Two of the injured were in critical condition after the crash that left vehicles scattered across Highway 14, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. The pileup was reported around 1:40p.m. during a sandstorm whipped by winds gusting up to 55 mph, the National Weather Service said. About 15 vehicles were involved in three separate collisions, said California Highway Patrol Officer Henry Ross. He said the cause of the crashes were under investigation but that poor visibility and high winds “didn’t help matters at all.” last_img read more