Merthyr Tydfil have been relegated from the GM Vauxhall Conference following an extraordinary meeting of the League. The Welsh side finished third from bottom and had hoped that the facilities of the Beazer Homes League club, Hednesford, would be ruled below the standard required to gain promotion. However, yesterday's meeting voted Hednesford in and Merthyr out by a 14-5 majority.
Birmingham have pulled out of a deal to sign Swansea's Welsh international winger, Jason Bowen, after a ruling by a transfer tribunal yesterday. The First Division club were told they would have to pay pounds 275,000, rising to pounds 350,000 after a certain number of appearances, plus 33 per cent of any sell-on profit.
The governing body of European football, Uefa, announced yesterday that they will await the outcome of legal proceedings into Marseille before investigating French press claims that the club rigged five or six matches a season in their five-year reign in French football. Marseille's former general manager, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has told fraud investigators that 30m francs (pounds 4m) from advertising revenue was spent on buying match referees, coaches or players from 1989 to 1993.
SEEDED TEAMS FOR THE 1995-96 EUROPEAN CUP COMPETITIONS: Champions League: Automatic qualifiers: Ajax (holders), Juventus, Nantes, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Blackburn Rovers, Porto, Spartak Moscow. Preliminary round: Seeded: Anderlecht, Besiktas (Turk), Casino Salzburg (Aut), Panathinaikos, Aalborg BK (Den), IFK Gothenburg, Rangers, Grasshoppers (Swit).
EUROPEAN CUP-WINNERS CUP First round automatic qualifiers: Real Zaragoza, Parma, Paris St-Germain, Borussia Monchengladbach, Deportivo La Coruna (Sp), Everton, Sporting Lisbon , Dinamo Moscow, Bruges, Feyenoord, Trabzonspor (Turk), Rapid Vienna, AEK Athens, Copenhagen, Halmstads (Swe), Celtic. Preliminary round: Seeded: Sion (Swit), GKS Katowice (Pol), Petrolul Ploiesti (Rom), Molde (Nor), Maccabi Haifa (Isr), Vac Samsung (Hun), Apoel Nicosia (Cyp), Shakhtior Donetsk (Ukr), Dinamo Batumi (Geor), Reykjavik (Ice), DAG Liepaeja (Lat), TPS Turku (Fin), Lokomotiv Sofia (Bul), Inter Bratislava (Slovak), NK Mura (Sloven), SK Hradec Kralove (Cz Rep).
UEFA CUP: First round qualifiers: Lazio, Milan, Roma, Milan, Lyon, Auxerre, Lens, Monaco, Werder Bremen, Freiburg, Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich, Real Betis, Seville, Barcelona, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Leeds United, Benfica, Vitoria, Farense, Lokomotiv Moscow, Rotor Volgograd, Spartak Vladikavkaz, Standard Liege (Bel), Eendracht Aalst (Bel), Lierse (Bel), Roda (Neth), PSV Eindhoven (Neth). Preliminary round: Seeded: Galatasaray, Fenerbahce (Tur), Sturm Graz (Aut), Austria Vienna, Olympiakos, Apollon Athens, Brondby (Den), Silkeborg (Den), Oerebro (Swe), Malmo (Swe), Motherwell, Raith Rovers, Lugano (Swit), Neuchatel Xamax (Swit), Widzew Lodz (Pol), Universitatea Craiova (Rom), Dinamo Bucharest, Lillestrom (Nor), Viking (Nor), Hapoel Beer Sheva (Isr), Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ujpest Doza, NK Osijek (Croa), Omonia Nicosia, Chernomorets (Ukr), Dinamo Tbilisi (Geor), Samtredia (Geor), Akranes (Isr), FH Hafnarfjordur (Isr), Skonto Riga (Lat), RAF Riga (Lat). Unseeded (Selected): Bangor City (Wal), Afan Lido (Wal), Crusaders (N Irl), Glenavon (N Irl), Dundalk (Irl), Shelbourne (Irl). Intertoto Cup quarter-final winners also qualify.
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