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Bob Fleeting's six-year reign as chairman of Kilmarnock ended with his resignation at the club's annual general meeting last night. A former Rangers director, John Paton, becomes caretaker chairman of the Premier Division club, whose debts exceed pounds 3m.

Robbie Mustoe yesterday committed his long-term future to Middlesbrough by signing a new four-year contract. The 27-year-old midfielder, who has been out with a knee injury, agreed to the new deal after two days of negotiations.

Celtic all but ended their attempts to sign the Portuguese international, Jorge Cadete, yesterday. They thought they had acquired Cadete on a free transfer from Sporting Lisbon more than a fortnight ago, but it emerged that Cadete was still under contract to the Portuguese club and further discussions have failed to bring about a deal.

Italy's players' union confirmed yesteday that it will strike on Sunday and that no Serie A matches will be played. The union called the strike on Monday after failing to agree with the football federation on several issues, including a demand that the federation pays into a "guarantee fund" to ensure that players from clubs that go bankrupt receive their salaries.

The former Birmingham City player, Alberto Tarantini, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs yesterday. Tarantini, who played in Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning team, was arrested on a judge's orders while coming out of a nightclub in the exclusive Buenos Aires district of Recoleta. Police then searched his apartment and found 16 ecstasy tablets and a small amount of cocaine.