Dani faces off against the former teammate he punched

Basingstoke Gazette: Dani Osvaldo Dani Osvaldo

Dani Osvaldo could come up against the man at the centre of one of the most controversial incidents of his career just days after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.

The Saints record signing has been hit with an FA charge for his part in the dugout brawl that took place during injury time of Saints’ 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has also been charged.

But his opposite number at Saints, Toni Jimenez – who, like Woodman, was sent to the stands – is not facing investigation.

Likewise, the clubs will not face charges.

Osvaldo and Woodman both have until December 23 to respond to the charges.

This weekend Osvaldo could get a flashback to another controversial moment in his career.

Tottenham star Erik Lamela, whose team visit St Mary’s on Sunday, has struggled to make it into the side of late.

But he was in the Roma team alongside Osvaldo when they lost 2-0 to Udinese just over two years ago.

Tempers reportedly flared after the game, as they often can, but it went a stage further in the changing room with Osvaldo apparently punching his teammate – a reaction which earned him a suspension and a €50,000 fine from his club.

It’s the kind of thing Osvaldo was hoping to put behind him in England.

But this latest incident, not long after Mauricio Pochettino had to pull him away from a potential fracas after the defeat to Aston Villa, shows he still has work to do.

Pochettino has admitted his player has a fiery side, but believes his man is maturing.

“His reputation, he has actually earned it,” said Pochettino after Osvaldo scored a stunning goal against Manchester City recently to demonstrate the beautiful side to his game.

“He has a full character, full of passion.

“He has a big heart and is full of fire inside and he needs that to perform as he does.

“He’s a player also that is growing.

“He’s learning, he’s maturing as a player and we’re very happy with his performance and overall with his general behaviour.”

Speaking of the Villa incident, he added: “It’s also true that he was provoked.

“He was hit from behind, a very bad hit from behind, a very traitor-like hit from behind.

“It’s true he was provoked but nonetheless he does have a fiery character and we need to be aware of that.”

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7:30am Fri 20 Dec 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

I daresay Osvaldo and Lamela left this behind them quite some time ago, so why can't you DE?
I daresay Osvaldo and Lamela left this behind them quite some time ago, so why can't you DE? Stroppy_gramps

8:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

Bassett Boy says...

"fiery character" a trait that opposition players will be well aware of and do everything they can to provoke the inevitable reaction.
He must start controlling himself or he will become a liability to the team, refs will be watching him, players will be niggling him and fans will be abusing him. Recipe for a sending off.
Its difficult enough in the premiership with 11 men on the pitch!
"fiery character" a trait that opposition players will be well aware of and do everything they can to provoke the inevitable reaction. He must start controlling himself or he will become a liability to the team, refs will be watching him, players will be niggling him and fans will be abusing him. Recipe for a sending off. Its difficult enough in the premiership with 11 men on the pitch! Bassett Boy

9:09am Fri 20 Dec 13

SFCOLDBOY says...

Bassett Boy wrote:
"fiery character" a trait that opposition players will be well aware of and do everything they can to provoke the inevitable reaction.
He must start controlling himself or he will become a liability to the team, refs will be watching him, players will be niggling him and fans will be abusing him. Recipe for a sending off.
Its difficult enough in the premiership with 11 men on the pitch!
I voted thumbs up to your post to cancel out a negative vote, obviously someone who doesn't understand common sense.
This post is similar to one posted a few weeks ago after Dani had had a flare up.
He has all the potential to become a great player for Saints. lets hope his temper is not his undoing.
COYS
[quote][p][bold]Bassett Boy[/bold] wrote: "fiery character" a trait that opposition players will be well aware of and do everything they can to provoke the inevitable reaction. He must start controlling himself or he will become a liability to the team, refs will be watching him, players will be niggling him and fans will be abusing him. Recipe for a sending off. Its difficult enough in the premiership with 11 men on the pitch![/p][/quote]I voted thumbs up to your post to cancel out a negative vote, obviously someone who doesn't understand common sense. This post is similar to one posted a few weeks ago after Dani had had a flare up. He has all the potential to become a great player for Saints. lets hope his temper is not his undoing. COYS SFCOLDBOY

9:24am Fri 20 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

The only aggression I want to see from Oz is brushing off an opponent and smashing the ball into the net.
The only aggression I want to see from Oz is brushing off an opponent and smashing the ball into the net. OSPREYSAINT

12:21pm Sun 22 Dec 13

SnapperSaint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The only aggression I want to see from Oz is brushing off an opponent and smashing the ball into the net.
...yes I agree, but I think the problem we have had so far with Dani, is that he has NOT shown enough passion on the pitch...
Often that is what makes the difference to creative people they are on a knife edge between a sublime display of their genius and their passion spilling over into aggression...
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The only aggression I want to see from Oz is brushing off an opponent and smashing the ball into the net.[/p][/quote]...yes I agree, but I think the problem we have had so far with Dani, is that he has NOT shown enough passion on the pitch... Often that is what makes the difference to creative people they are on a knife edge between a sublime display of their genius and their passion spilling over into aggression... SnapperSaint

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