Jan Eriksson is to leave Sunderland for the American side Tampa Bay Mutiny on a free transfer. The former Swedish international has made only one start since signing from Helsingborgs for pounds 250,000 a year ago
Gianaluca Festa, the Middlesbrough defender, has received a one-match ban after being sent off against Ipswich last Saturday. Festa will miss the First Division match at Stoke City on Sunday, 1 February.
The France midfielder Zinedine Zidane yesterday signed a new contract with Juventus that takes him through to 2004 with the Italian champions.
Renzo Ulivieri, the coach of the Italian Serie A club Bologna, has withdrawn his threat to resign. He had been involved in a dispute with the former international Roberto Baggio, who refused to sit on the bench for Bologna's match against Juventus last weekend, but the two have now settled their differences.