HONG KONG First Division club Frankwell have threatened to take legal action against controversial English midfielder Bobby Barnes, who broke his contract and deserted the team last week. Barnes left Hong Kong without telling the club, but faxed a letter to team manager Fung Shiu-wai on November 9 saying he was back in England nursing an injury. He also said in the fax that he is willing to rejoin Frankwell on fresh terms once he regains his fitness. However, Fung was fuming yesterday when he received a request from the English FA for an international transfer for Barnes. 'Barnes' contract is until the end of the season although we can sack him after a two-month trial if we are not satisfied with his performance,' said an angry Fung. 'He broke the contract by leaving Hong Kong without informing us and I suspect that it's all a plot and he must have had a team lined up in England even before he left. 'We will not provide the transfer papers and we'll be telling the English FA that we may sue Barnes for his irresponsible behaviour.' Frankwell have signed former Kui Tan player Richard Webb to replace Barnes and Fung is confident they can launch a serious challenge for top honours in the second phase of the First Division league. The President's Cup champions finished in the lower half of the 10-team league in the first phase, but Fung felt they were unlucky not to have climbed higher. Said Fung: 'Bad refereeing cost us the points in the match against South China and some ghastly defensive errors robbed us of victories against Golden and Instant-Dict. 'We have a good team and with Webb joining us and Wan Ho-yin moving from defence to midfield, we can use the width of the pitch and be much stronger in attack.'