NEWS: WC94, Spurs penalty reduced but fine up & other UK news

NEWS: WC94, Spurs penalty reduced but fine up & other UK news

Post by R.K.Hardi » Fri, 08 Jul 1994 02:38:21

News: (6.July.94)


1       FA HALVE SPURS POINTS DEDUCTION: Fine up to #1.5m, Cup ban remains

WORLD CUP 94: (with a slightly UK slant)
2       Charlton u-turn on Dublin party
3       Matthaus winning fitness battle
4       Klinsmann rejects move to Everton
5       Nigeria targets new boss
6       Lalas linked to Sheffield United
7       England appeals to Hagi
8       South Korea names new coach
9       World Cup Final leading scorers

10     OTHER U.K. FOOTBALL including Emblen offer by Wolves

1.      FA HALVE SPURS POINTS DEDUCTION: Fine up to #1.5m, Cup ban remains

Tottenham have had their points penalty imposed for financial
irregularities halved to six by an FA appeal tribunal.  But they remain
banned from the 1994-5 FA Cup and the original fine of 600,000 pounds has
been increased to 1.5 million pounds.  The club admitted 34 charges at the
original hearing, many relating to improper payments made to players.
They were given a 12-points penalty on that occasion, a decision which
would have left the club facing a season-long relegation battle.

Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar made an impassioned plea to FA chiefs over
the rap imposed for financial irregularites.  FA spokesman Glen Kirton
said Sugar had spoken in a "full and frank" manner, assuring them there
would be no repeat of previous practices.  Kirton noted Spurs'
co-operation and Sugar's insistence that the 12 points deduction would
have a "devastating" effect on the club.  But Kirton said: "The Board
considered the charges which were admitted to be very serious matters

Spurs chairman Alan Sugar was far from happy after the FA verdict on their
appeal against puniishments imposed for financial offences.  He said the
"only bright side" was the reduction of their points penalty to six
points, which boosts their hopes of escaping relegation.  "The exclusion
from the FA Cup is still very unfair on our fans and our players,
especially as we are known as a Cup club," he added.  "As for the fine
(#1.5 million) - all I can do about that is laugh."

Players' chief Gordon Taylor denounced the verdict of the FA appeal over
Tottenham's financial irregularities case. Taylor said: "I'm sure the
reduction will be welcomed by the players and fans but financial
irregularities deserve to be met by financial penalties. "The supporters
and many of the players had nothing to do with what happened at the club.
"The FA Cup ban will prove a real disincentive for anybody thinking about
joining the club."

2.      Charlton u-turn on Dublin party

Jack Charlton has done a U-turn and and decided to join his Republic of
Ireland squad for a gala homecoming in Dublin on Thursday. The massive
party planned for Phoenix Park was cancelled when it emerged that Charlton
and several players were staying on in the USA. But all but three of the
squad have now decided to return and they will be met at Dublin airport by
Irish premier Albert Reynolds. They will then be taken to the park for the
main public celebration of their main World Cup exploits.

3.      Matthaus winning fitness battle

German skipper Lothar Matthaus is set to make a record-equalling 21st
World Cup finals appearance against Bulgaria in New York on Sunday. The
33-year-old expects to be fit despite missing the second half of their 3-2
win over Belgium because of a cut on his right foot. "I expect nothing to
stand in my way of playing. I have a bit of pain but expect to train fully
by Friday," he commented. He will equal the record held jointly by Uwe
Seeler, Wladyslaw Zmuda and Diego Maradona.

4       Klinsmann rejects move to Everton

Jurgen Klinsmann is the latest big name striker to reject a move to Mike
Walker's Everton. The 29-year-old, who is trying to leave French side AS
Monaco, said he wanted to continue his career in southern Europe. "I've
had an offer from Everton but I've turned it down," said the German, who
has scored five goals so far in this summer's World Cup. Klinsmann's
decision comes less than a week after Swedish star Martin Dahlin declined
the chance to sign for the Goodison Park club.

5.      Nigeria targets new boss

Nigeria may turn to Scotland instead of Wales as they search for a
successor to departing boss Clemens Westerhof. Former Welsh boss Terry
Yorath had been tipped to take over but one of the Africans' senior
officials insists Yorath is not in the frame. "We have one or two names in
mind and they are coaches from Scotland and Brazil," said Disu Olahude.
"We should have a coach who has confidence in his players," added
full-back Augustine Eguavoen.

6.      Lalas linked to Sheffield United

Sheffield United have denied making an approach for goatee-bearded US star
Alexei Lalas. A club spokesman said they had received a call from Lalas'
agent but the matter went no further as manager Dave Bassett is on

7       England appeals to Hagi

Romanian skipper Gheorghe Hagi has said he would be "happy to play in
England one day" following reports linking him with Spurs. Hagi has also
been linked with Barcelona but said he would not be making any decisions
until after the World Cup.

8.      South Korea names new coach

South Korea have named Ukrainian Anatoli Byshovets as their new head coach
in succession to Kim Ho. Byshovets, who formerly coached the Russian
national side, replaces Kim Ho, who resigned following their first round
exit from USA '94.

9.      World Cup Final leading scorers

After July 5
Salenko         Russia         6 goals
Klinsmann       Germany        5
Batistuta       Argentina      4
Dahlin          Sweden         4
Stoichkov       Bulgaria       4
Andersson       Sweden         3
Goikotchea      Spain          3
Hagi            Romania        3
Romario         Brazil         3

10     OTHER U.K. FOOTBALL including Emblen offer by Wolves

Wolves boss Graham Taylor has made a #1 million offer for Millwall
defender Neil Emblen. The 23-year-old joined the Lions from Beazer Homes
League side Sittingbourne only nine months ago for #210,000. Emblen is
currently on holiday in Corfu but is due to return home later this week.
Millwall have already moved to replace him by returning to Sittingbourne
for 18-year-old Steve Forbes, who will cost #50,000.

Leeds have given a free transfer to former England under-21 defender Ray
Wallace. He moved to Elland Road with twin brother Rod three years ago,
but has made just seven appearances.

Dundee United boss Ivan Golac is searching for a new goalkeeper after
Guido Van de Kamp failed to agree a new contract.

Port Vale defender Peter Swan has agreed terms with Plymouth after
rejecting a new contract offered by the Potteries club. Vale are likely to
want over #300,000 for him.

Manchester United midfield man Mike Phelan is poised to join West Brom on
a free transfer.

Reading have signed Australian international Andy Bernal on a two-year
contract from Sydney Olympic. Former Olympic decathlon champion Daley
Thompson is also set to join the First Division club for pre-season

Blackpool have signed Preston's out of contract striker Tony Ellis. The
fee will be decided by a tribunal.


That's all folks...


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