Back in the fold again...

Nick Carle and Matt Thompson are back training with the first team again at Sydney FC after Professional Footballers Australia threatened the club with a points deduction.

Both players were sent home from training on Monday and then banished to train with the youth league side for disobeying team orders in the second half of last Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Adelaide United.

Frank Farina is understood to have been angry that the pair swapped positions to allow Carle to move into the more attacking role he's used to than the defensive midfield spot he's beeen played in all season.

The coach defended his actions on his blog last night, insisting he saw the role as a way to build attacking play from a deeper position in the mould of Xavi or Paul Scholes.

But the PFA reacted furiously to the treatment of the players and issued a statement yesterday warning the club it was in breach of the A-League wide player agreement.

And they said that unless the two were reinstated to the first team squad within 24 hours, they would take legal action which could lead to compensation claims, the deduction of points and a ban on signing new players.

Today the club backed down and the pair rejoined the first team and are said to be in the reckoning for selection this weekend for the match against Perth Glory.

“We are pleased that the players are now able to re-join the group in accordance with their rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” said PFA General Manager Adam Vivian.
“It is our hope that there are no further instances of this practice of excluding and isolating players in the A-League as it has no place here.”
In a statement, the players' union added: "The PFA will continue to liaise with Sydney FC, Thompson and Carle to ensure the rights of the players are upheld."

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It's good that their back in training but their not likely to get any game time soon. Sad really.