Brighton end the weeks of feuding

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Dick Knight took over as chairman of Brighton yesterday and immediately announced plans for a state-of-the-art 25,000-seat stadium in two years' time.

After 20 weeks of mediation, the Brighton dispute was finally resolved by a restructuring of the club. A new shareholding was agreed, allowing the Knight consortium and the present owners, including Bill Archer, to own a 49.5 per cent stake each, with the McAlpine director, Martin Perry, taking the remaining one per cent.

Paul Gascoigne has played down suggestions that Walter Smith is ready to bring the England midfielder's Rangers career to an end. Smith has accused Gascoigne of tarnishing the club's image with his off-field exploits. The manager's comment has fuelled speculation that he is ready to sell Gascoigne, whose contract has a year to run, in the summer.

However, Gascoigne, who has been left out of England's squad for next week's World Cup qualifier against Georgia, said: "I don't know what all the fuss is about. I've spoken to Walter and everything is brand new." But not his contact, presumably.

Jack Walker, the owner of Blackburn Rovers, has put a block on Graeme Le Saux leaving the club and moving to Arsenal. Walker is digging in his heels over the unsettled left-back who was brought back into the Rovers side against Sheffield Wednesday last night.

Le Saux was dropped last week and trained with the reserves after falling out with Rovers' caretaker manager, Tony Parkes. However, Walker has insisted that the England defender cannot go despite interest from Arsenal.

Jorge Cadete, Celtic's Portuguese striker, has escaped with a reprimand from the Scottish Football Association after he threw his jersey into the crowd at the end of a league match with Dunfermline last month. The SFA disciplinary committee told him of their "extreme displeasure" at his disregard of an instruction from police not to stir up the fans.

Scotland's coach, Craig Brown, is likely to witness at close hand the man who has recently gained such a reputation in England for his man-marking skills. His Swedish counterpart, Tommy Svensson, has recalled Leicester's Pontus Kamark to his squad for the first time in 18 months for the 30 April World Cup qualifier between the two in Gothenburg. Svensson was no doubt impressed by the close-marking job Kamark did on Middlesbrough's Brazilian inspiration, Juninho, in the Coca-Cola Cup final and the replay.

Swedish squad, Digest, page 31

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