Saints striker Italy international Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by club after alleged headbutt

Saints suspend record signing

Saints suspend record signing

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Record Saints signing Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by the club for two weeks, following an alleged headbutt on a team mate.

The club confirmed the news  this morning.

It comes after the striker is believed to have been involved in an incident with Portugese central defender Jose Fonte.

The club has not taken any action against the defender.

According to one other report, there was said to be "blood everywhere" following the incident, with Fonte left with facial injuries.

In a statement, they said: "Southampton Football Club has today suspended striker Dani Osvaldo for two weeks, following an incident at the club’s Staplewood training ground.

"The club has taken swift and proper action for what it considers a breach of the conduct expected of its players.

"Southampton will be making no further comment on this matter."

The striker joined Saints from Italian club Roma in August, for a fee that could rise to as much as £14.6m and in September he announced that he and his girlfriend Jimena were expecting a baby.

The suspension comes as the striker was expected to make his comeback for Saints in the FA Cup against Yeovil Town on Saturday.

A combination of injury, illness, and then a three game ban for violent conduct has meant the Italian has been sidelined since mid-December, his last outing being that fateful game against Newcastle that led to the suspension.

The 28-year-old had a tricky time adapting to the Premier League in the immediate aftermath of his move from Roma in the summer but was just beginning to pick up some form before his extended absence.

He scored in back-to-back home games for Saints against Aston Villa and Man City before the Newcastle debacle.

Osvaldo was forced off injured at half time of the game at St James Park but later landed himself in trouble after a flare up between the respective benches.

At that stage Saints were obviously unaware that illness would follow his recovery from injury and appealed the FA’s violent conduct charge.

As it turned out, if they were to have accepted it Osvaldo would have served his ban during his recovery from injury and illness and would have been available since the turn of the year.

However, fate conspired against them and in fact he picked up the ban just as he was physically ready to return to the first team squad.

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12:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Typical...look if he can't behave and work hard to put that shirt on. sell him and get some one that cares and has passion and wants to win with the Saints we don’t need bad influences on and off the pitch !
Typical...look if he can't behave and work hard to put that shirt on. sell him and get some one that cares and has passion and wants to win with the Saints we don’t need bad influences on and off the pitch ! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 34

12:22pm Thu 23 Jan 14

andyk93 says...

Heard he was stood on Staplewood roof, demanding to know where the rum had gone
Heard he was stood on Staplewood roof, demanding to know where the rum had gone andyk93
  • Score: 23

12:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

deepheat says...

He obviously is not right in the head but nothing that a good wash and shave couldn't sort out.
He obviously is not right in the head but nothing that a good wash and shave couldn't sort out. deepheat
  • Score: -8

12:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

iswhite10 says...

This is SO sad after the seven days we've all had!
Was looking forward to seeing him against Yeovil.
Dani what were you thinking? Or not, as the case may be!
This is SO sad after the seven days we've all had! Was looking forward to seeing him against Yeovil. Dani what were you thinking? Or not, as the case may be! iswhite10
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

andyk93 wrote:
Heard he was stood on Staplewood roof, demanding to know where the rum had gone
I heard he got knocked out when a coconut fell on his head
[quote][p][bold]andyk93[/bold] wrote: Heard he was stood on Staplewood roof, demanding to know where the rum had gone[/p][/quote]I heard he got knocked out when a coconut fell on his head Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mrblunt says...

He and his agent have got their fees, now he just wants to move on to collect some more. His contribution to the team and it's ethos is nil. Give him and his agent their wish !!!
He and his agent have got their fees, now he just wants to move on to collect some more. His contribution to the team and it's ethos is nil. Give him and his agent their wish !!! mrblunt
  • Score: 15

12:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sasmike says...

I no a good taxi driver
I no a good taxi driver sasmike
  • Score: -6

12:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GHamilton says...

Two weeks ago i posted on this forum that this guy was a waste of £15m.......i managed to rack up a score of -16 for that comment.....they must know something i dont me thinks. My guess is, he'll be gone by the end of June.
Two weeks ago i posted on this forum that this guy was a waste of £15m.......i managed to rack up a score of -16 for that comment.....they must know something i dont me thinks. My guess is, he'll be gone by the end of June. GHamilton
  • Score: -7

12:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

florida saint says...

bye bye dani, you hant the right attitude for our team and club, step forward the next academy graduate, u t s.
bye bye dani, you hant the right attitude for our team and club, step forward the next academy graduate, u t s. florida saint
  • Score: 9

12:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

deepheat says...

This just might be the get out clause MP was looking for.
Osvaldo will put in a transfer request and Saints will be open to offers.
As Matt would say "Good Riddance"
This just might be the get out clause MP was looking for. Osvaldo will put in a transfer request and Saints will be open to offers. As Matt would say "Good Riddance" deepheat
  • Score: 10

12:53pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jannersaint says...

Cantona anyone?
Cantona anyone? Jannersaint
  • Score: -3

12:54pm Thu 23 Jan 14

u bunch of mugs says...

So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off.

Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?
So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off. Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets? u bunch of mugs
  • Score: -22

12:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

townieboy says...

This fella is a liability. Billy Sharp should be ahead of him. Overated, overpriced italian nancy boy. Hope RL stuck one on him in traing.
This fella is a liability. Billy Sharp should be ahead of him. Overated, overpriced italian nancy boy. Hope RL stuck one on him in traing. townieboy
  • Score: 18

12:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

waltons11 says...

Probably be difficult to give him away let alone sell him - who would want to pay for someone who does nothing but cause trouble and collect his salary??
Probably be difficult to give him away let alone sell him - who would want to pay for someone who does nothing but cause trouble and collect his salary?? waltons11
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

COYRlukeCOYR says...

Like people are saying.. after the past weeks we've had and now this? because a fully grown man can't act his age? get rid of the **** waste of space. Very infuriating.
Like people are saying.. after the past weeks we've had and now this? because a fully grown man can't act his age? get rid of the **** waste of space. Very infuriating. COYRlukeCOYR
  • Score: 13

12:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

saint61 says...

u bunch of mugs wrote:
So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off.

Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?
Don't get your point!

I've paid for a Fulham ticket, but that's to watch the Saints not Osvaldo.
[quote][p][bold]u bunch of mugs[/bold] wrote: So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off. Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?[/p][/quote]Don't get your point! I've paid for a Fulham ticket, but that's to watch the Saints not Osvaldo. saint61
  • Score: 36

1:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

boilerman says...

Apart from the goal against City this guy has been a wasste of space, disruptive to the squad.
The manager keeps leaving Rickie out for him and not once has it resulted in a win.
I said weeks ago he would be gone in the Jan window , maybe this is his way of getting out, but who would buy him?
Get rid of him now.
Apart from the goal against City this guy has been a wasste of space, disruptive to the squad. The manager keeps leaving Rickie out for him and not once has it resulted in a win. I said weeks ago he would be gone in the Jan window , maybe this is his way of getting out, but who would buy him? Get rid of him now. boilerman
  • Score: 11

1:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sasmike says...

u bunch of mugs wrote:
So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off.

Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?
you think saints have a better chance of winning with this clown in the team ? I don't think so , get rid of him ASAP,,, clowns not welcome !!
[quote][p][bold]u bunch of mugs[/bold] wrote: So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off. Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?[/p][/quote]you think saints have a better chance of winning with this clown in the team ? I don't think so , get rid of him ASAP,,, clowns not welcome !! sasmike
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GHamilton says...

When we look back at the last four years, and all the hard work and effort that players have put in to getting us back in the premiership; some of them not considered good enough to play in this league, some who were even prepared to drop down a league to come and play for us; a manager who lost his job after getting us back to back promotions...its sad that we end up spending so much on a guy that seems to have a complete lack of respect for this club and his teamates.
When we look back at the last four years, and all the hard work and effort that players have put in to getting us back in the premiership; some of them not considered good enough to play in this league, some who were even prepared to drop down a league to come and play for us; a manager who lost his job after getting us back to back promotions...its sad that we end up spending so much on a guy that seems to have a complete lack of respect for this club and his teamates. GHamilton
  • Score: 12

1:11pm Thu 23 Jan 14

SouthamptonBoy65 says...

u bunch of mugs wrote:
So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off.

Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?
Don't know about you but I support the Mighty Saints not any one player.

Would you have also wanted a refund if he was on the bench and not play, injured or even sold by then?
[quote][p][bold]u bunch of mugs[/bold] wrote: So the fans suffer. I have paid money to go to Fulham then they annouce this he should be fined not banned for two weeks. Why do Saints do everything they can to destroy any chance of winning a game and rip the fans off. Are they going to offer refunds for those who have purchased tickets?[/p][/quote]Don't know about you but I support the Mighty Saints not any one player. Would you have also wanted a refund if he was on the bench and not play, injured or even sold by then? SouthamptonBoy65
  • Score: 7

1:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

TheMysterycat says...

waltons11 wrote:
Probably be difficult to give him away let alone sell him - who would want to pay for someone who does nothing but cause trouble and collect his salary??
Well - we did!
[quote][p][bold]waltons11[/bold] wrote: Probably be difficult to give him away let alone sell him - who would want to pay for someone who does nothing but cause trouble and collect his salary??[/p][/quote]Well - we did! TheMysterycat
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Steve in Swindon says...

Agree with every other poster - this guy is a total waste of space and a complete liability. Get rid as soon as possible. Problem is we have a real shortage of strikers within the club right now! (Gaston out for months too!).
If RL gets injured who do we have to play up front? Transfer window nearly shut - is there time to get somebody half decent in?
Agree with every other poster - this guy is a total waste of space and a complete liability. Get rid as soon as possible. Problem is we have a real shortage of strikers within the club right now! (Gaston out for months too!). If RL gets injured who do we have to play up front? Transfer window nearly shut - is there time to get somebody half decent in? Steve in Swindon
  • Score: 2

1:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jesus_02 says...

Cant help but think there is quite a lot of misdirected anger on the page.

You dont know maybe he just shot a youth player?
Cant help but think there is quite a lot of misdirected anger on the page. You dont know maybe he just shot a youth player? Jesus_02
  • Score: -3

1:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jesus_02 says...

The Mail are saying that he attacked Fonte in a "Brutal Attack" that left "Blood everywhere"...
The Mail are saying that he attacked Fonte in a "Brutal Attack" that left "Blood everywhere"... Jesus_02
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

saint Compo says...

I would suspend him from the Northam Bridge.

Let him go during the window and reinvest the proceeds in some English talent like Ings or Ince.. Good riddance.

COYR
I would suspend him from the Northam Bridge. Let him go during the window and reinvest the proceeds in some English talent like Ings or Ince.. Good riddance. COYR saint Compo
  • Score: 6

2:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

It does happen you know, as long as he loses 2 weeks wages as well then good. Look at other players like Suarez. it goes with the turf.
It does happen you know, as long as he loses 2 weeks wages as well then good. Look at other players like Suarez. it goes with the turf. bigfella777
  • Score: -1

2:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

George4th says...

Training ground incidents are quite common throughout football but rarely get aired outside.
Osvaldo is a class act who, like most foreign players, was slow to adapt. That said, he was showing clear signs of his undoubted ability before he got injured. Finding an equivalent player would not be easy and whoever that is would again take time to adapt! Ramirez is another whose football has been thwarted by injuries and international duty so we have not seen the best of him yet either.
These are two players who, if they reach their potential, will be massive contributors to Saints.
Training ground incidents are quite common throughout football but rarely get aired outside. Osvaldo is a class act who, like most foreign players, was slow to adapt. That said, he was showing clear signs of his undoubted ability before he got injured. Finding an equivalent player would not be easy and whoever that is would again take time to adapt! Ramirez is another whose football has been thwarted by injuries and international duty so we have not seen the best of him yet either. These are two players who, if they reach their potential, will be massive contributors to Saints. George4th
  • Score: 6

2:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Outside of the Box says...

I wondering how much Guly paid Jose to wind Dani up.

He's seems to have caused a bit of aggro where ever he's been, what is it with Italian strikers, Balotelli was a nightmare at Man C and they got rid of him, however we are not them, we don't have their financial clout so I think it's best we keep Dani and hope the differences with Jose can be sorted for all concerned, obviously MoPo must have sanctioned the 2 weeks suspension so maybe Dani wasn't his starting 11 for 3 games he'll miss.
I wondering how much Guly paid Jose to wind Dani up. He's seems to have caused a bit of aggro where ever he's been, what is it with Italian strikers, Balotelli was a nightmare at Man C and they got rid of him, however we are not them, we don't have their financial clout so I think it's best we keep Dani and hope the differences with Jose can be sorted for all concerned, obviously MoPo must have sanctioned the 2 weeks suspension so maybe Dani wasn't his starting 11 for 3 games he'll miss. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Norwegian Saint says...

It is a shame but, in my opinion, he has to go. We don't need this bad egg in the basket, he will only upset the others.
IF he doesn't go this window then he has to prove himself worthy of the badge.
This season is now about a cup run and enjoying the last 16 games.
We don't need to buy a striker.... just yet.
We could always bring back Connolly and watch the Poofew sink even lower :-)
It is a shame but, in my opinion, he has to go. We don't need this bad egg in the basket, he will only upset the others. IF he doesn't go this window then he has to prove himself worthy of the badge. This season is now about a cup run and enjoying the last 16 games. We don't need to buy a striker.... just yet. We could always bring back Connolly and watch the Poofew sink even lower :-) Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Tevez888 says...

Funny how people stuck by Barnard but cannot with Osvaldo.....
Funny how people stuck by Barnard but cannot with Osvaldo..... Tevez888
  • Score: 4

3:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Rocket 1 says...

Tevez888 wrote:
Funny how people stuck by Barnard but cannot with Osvaldo.....
Barnard only Hit the Opponents...........
..
[quote][p][bold]Tevez888[/bold] wrote: Funny how people stuck by Barnard but cannot with Osvaldo.....[/p][/quote]Barnard only Hit the Opponents........... .. Rocket 1
  • Score: 6

3:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

fritzer says...

And so say all of us, get shut of him "Now" before the window closes there's no place for violent conduct in this great club, it seems very much that he's wanting to go back to Italia, cut your losses Saints, MoPo knew what he was like long before us fans and it seems that he's not going to change his ways so sell him, Roma you can have him.
I recall that it was Fonte that was running around and helping him to settle in Southampton on his arrival "ome thanks for a willing team mate".
We as fans wont miss what we havent seen, and we aint done so bad with out him.
And so say all of us, get shut of him "Now" before the window closes there's no place for violent conduct in this great club, it seems very much that he's wanting to go back to Italia, cut your losses Saints, MoPo knew what he was like long before us fans and it seems that he's not going to change his ways so sell him, Roma you can have him. I recall that it was Fonte that was running around and helping him to settle in Southampton on his arrival "ome thanks for a willing team mate". We as fans wont miss what we havent seen, and we aint done so bad with out him. fritzer
  • Score: 4

3:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

romseyboy says...

how do we know if he started it he may have just finished it. yes he could have dealt with it better but he dealt with it his way.
he been punished put it behind and start afresh
we all do things we shouldn't
how do we know if he started it he may have just finished it. yes he could have dealt with it better but he dealt with it his way. he been punished put it behind and start afresh we all do things we shouldn't romseyboy
  • Score: -3

3:33pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kaburrow says...

Is he worth 50G per week. I don't think so.
Let's give the youngsters a go
Is he worth 50G per week. I don't think so. Let's give the youngsters a go kaburrow
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Thu 23 Jan 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

time to offload captain kidd ,dudd from the off.
time to offload captain kidd ,dudd from the off. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: 3

3:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

Hope there isn't any lasting damage done to Fonte.

With Lovren sidelined, we need him fit and ready to play against Arsenal.
Hope there isn't any lasting damage done to Fonte. With Lovren sidelined, we need him fit and ready to play against Arsenal. Costa Baz
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

St Retford says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Hope there isn't any lasting damage done to Fonte.

With Lovren sidelined, we need him fit and ready to play against Arsenal.
That's my prime concern, to be honest.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Hope there isn't any lasting damage done to Fonte. With Lovren sidelined, we need him fit and ready to play against Arsenal.[/p][/quote]That's my prime concern, to be honest. St Retford
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Crispinmumbles says...

St Retford wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Hope there isn't any lasting damage done to Fonte.

With Lovren sidelined, we need him fit and ready to play against Arsenal.
That's my prime concern, to be honest.
According to the Beeb Ceefax, Fonte uninjured in fight instigated by Osvaldo but blood spilt so it sounds like a win, win situation. Let's hope Jose has knocked some sense into the idiot who has looked far too lightweight and selfish when he's made it onto the park and given his track record, I'm hardly surprised
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Hope there isn't any lasting damage done to Fonte. With Lovren sidelined, we need him fit and ready to play against Arsenal.[/p][/quote]That's my prime concern, to be honest.[/p][/quote]According to the Beeb Ceefax, Fonte uninjured in fight instigated by Osvaldo but blood spilt so it sounds like a win, win situation. Let's hope Jose has knocked some sense into the idiot who has looked far too lightweight and selfish when he's made it onto the park and given his track record, I'm hardly surprised Crispinmumbles
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

StevieSteve says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
Tevez888 wrote:
Funny how people stuck by Barnard but cannot with Osvaldo.....
Barnard only Hit the Opponents...........

..
Barnard bottled a member of the public you tw@t!!
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tevez888[/bold] wrote: Funny how people stuck by Barnard but cannot with Osvaldo.....[/p][/quote]Barnard only Hit the Opponents........... ..[/p][/quote]Barnard bottled a member of the public you tw@t!! StevieSteve
  • Score: 3

6:08pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Mikedixon7 says...

Get rid, over priced over paid and over rated, big mistake buying hi.
Get rid, over priced over paid and over rated, big mistake buying hi. Mikedixon7
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Forest Saint says...

MP's big mistake. Hold your hands up and admit it. Then get shot quick. Osvaldo's laughing all the way to the bank. He's sxxt!
MP's big mistake. Hold your hands up and admit it. Then get shot quick. Osvaldo's laughing all the way to the bank. He's sxxt! Forest Saint
  • Score: 2

8:54am Fri 24 Jan 14

Littleton-Saint says...

romseyboy wrote:
how do we know if he started it he may have just finished it. yes he could have dealt with it better but he dealt with it his way.
he been punished put it behind and start afresh
we all do things we shouldn't
Osvaldo was a waste of £15m. He is too slow-witted for the Prem and displays no pride in wearing our club badge.
We need to accept that he was a mistake, sell him forthe best price which will represent a hefty loss, and buy a competent forward who is committed go the Saints. COYR
[quote][p][bold]romseyboy[/bold] wrote: how do we know if he started it he may have just finished it. yes he could have dealt with it better but he dealt with it his way. he been punished put it behind and start afresh we all do things we shouldn't[/p][/quote]Osvaldo was a waste of £15m. He is too slow-witted for the Prem and displays no pride in wearing our club badge. We need to accept that he was a mistake, sell him forthe best price which will represent a hefty loss, and buy a competent forward who is committed go the Saints. COYR Littleton-Saint
  • Score: -1

8:59am Sat 25 Jan 14

cliffwalker says...

romseyboy wrote:
how do we know if he started it he may have just finished it. yes he could have dealt with it better but he dealt with it his way.
he been punished put it behind and start afresh
we all do things we shouldn't
In a normal business he would have been sacked instantly. I know this isn't a normal business but a two week suspension is just a joke. No wonder they think they can get away with anything as long as they are quite good football players.
[quote][p][bold]romseyboy[/bold] wrote: how do we know if he started it he may have just finished it. yes he could have dealt with it better but he dealt with it his way. he been punished put it behind and start afresh we all do things we shouldn't[/p][/quote]In a normal business he would have been sacked instantly. I know this isn't a normal business but a two week suspension is just a joke. No wonder they think they can get away with anything as long as they are quite good football players. cliffwalker
  • Score: 0

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