Sporting digest: Football

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Sporting digest: Football

The French centre-half David Terrier, signed on a free transfer from Metz in the summer, has left West Ham by mutual consent.

Three Gillingham players, Ade Akinbiyi, Simon Ratcliffe and Iffy Onuora, have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over an alleged incident in the players' tunnel after the Nationwide League Second Division game against Luton at Kenilworth Road on 2 December.

Phil Gridelet of Southend United has been charged with misconduct towards a linesman during an FA Cup match against Fulham on 6 December.

Coventry City's Northern Ireland international midfielder Michael O'Neill has started a three-month loan spell with the Scottish Premier Division club Aberdeen, following the resolution of a hitch in the deal.

The Birmingham City captain, Steve Bruce, has delayed plans to move into management and will open talks shortly on a new contract with the club.

The former Barcelona forward Ronnie Ekelund, who played for Southampton in 1995, has returned to Britain hoping for another chance at The Dell. Ekelund scored five goals in 17 matches for Saints while on loan.

Marseilles will field their new attack of Fabrizio Ravanelli and Christophe Dugarry together for the first time in a competitive fixture in the French League Cup against Chateauroux tomorrow. The pair have so far only played half an hour together, in a friendly against Cannes on Tuesday, following Dugarry's signing from Barcelona three weeks ago.

The Italian Serie A leaders Internazionale face the unbeaten champions Juventus tomorrow as the league season resumes after the Christmas break. Inter welcome back Ronaldo following his involvement with Brazil in the Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia last month and a trip home to Brazil. He returned to Rome in the early hours of Tuesday morning and transferred straight on to a flight to Sicily, where he scored in Inter's 3-0 defeat of France's Auxerre in a friendly there on Tuesday, before finally coming back to Milan.

Real Mallorca's Brazilian striker Palhinha is set to return home from Spain to join Flamengo, whose Brazilian international defender Junior Baiano has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

The Brazilian international Doriva has signed for the Portuguese club, Porto, in a pounds 2.5m transfer from Atletico

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