England visit to Oslo still on

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England's match against Norway in Oslo on 11 October will go ahead as planned, despite the Dublin riot. "We think we can handle it," Per Ulseth, head of security for the Norwegian Football Association, said. Ulseth said there had never been any serious doubt the game would go ahead.

"It is to be discussed at a regular meeting of the association board this weekend, but there is really no question of the outcome," he said. The last time the countries met in Oslo, in June 1993, there was no violence at the game, which Norway won. But afterwards, more than 70 English fans were arrested after they went on the rampage in an Oslo bar.

Alex Mathie is to make his debut for the Premiership's bottom club, Ipswich Town, against Southampton at Portman Road today after a £500,000 move from Newcastle. Mathie, 26, started his career with Celtic and joined Newcastle for £275,000 from Morton in the 1993 close-season, but his first- team chances have been limited this term.

Lee Clark, the former England Under-21 midfield player, was transfer- listed by Newcastle at his own request yesterday. Clark, 22, is unhappy at being unable to command a regular first-team place at St James' Park.

Burnley have signed the Brighton striker Kurt Nogan and the Leicester midfield player Steve Thompson as they try to avoid relegation to the Second Division. Both players will make their debut against Tranmere at Prenton Park today.

Nogan, who cost £300,000, will be aiming to rapidly increase Burnley's tally of 28 League goals, the joint worst in the division with West Brom. Thompson, formerly with Bolton and Luton, cost £200,000.

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