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The France goalkeeper Bernard Lama and the Lille midfielder David Garcion have failed drug tests. Lama tested positive for cannabis, Garcion for steriods. Roland Courbis, who coaches Bordeaux, has been jailed for tax evasion.

Martin O'Connor, the Birmingham midfielder, has been banned for three matches following his sending-off at Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Bristol City will cap their centenary year celebrations with a Merseyside pre-season double this summer as Liverpool and Everton are to play at Ashton Gate on 23 July and 1 August respectively.

Ricardo Sa Pinto, the player who last week attacked Artur Jorge, the Portugal coach, was suspended from the Portuguese League yesterday. He had already been banned from international matches.