Football: Brolin move to Zaragoza is off

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Tomas Brolin said yesterday that his planned transfer to Real Zaragoza from Leeds United was off, after the Spanish club pulled out of the deal.

"I honestly don't know why." Brolin said. "I never negotiated with Zaragoza. I know that the clubs had agreed but then the deal fell through. I will have to keep on fighting and hope that something turns up."

Meanwhile, he will remain with Leeds, where his contract does not expire until next May. Following several disagreements, he has been playing in the reserves.

"It's all over for me in the eyes of George Graham," Brolin, 28, said. "I spoke to him two weeks ago and he said that to my face."

Don Howe has turned down Bobby Gould's offer to join him on the Wales management team on a part-time basis.

"I am flattered that Bobby and Wales want me," said Howe, overseer of Arsenal's youth development programme. "But the truth is I just don't have the time to do it. I'm far too busy preparing the future stars of Arsenal, my pay-masters, and I couldn't spare three or four days going away with Wales before internationals."

The Football Association is to institute a screening procedure for people applying to join the new FA Coaches Association launched by technical director Howard Wilkinson. The move follows public awareness of the potential of sports clubs and associations to unwittingly provide an environment for paedophiles to use positions of responsibility to prey on youngsters.

All would-be members of the scheme will have to reveal, via a questionnaire any details of convictions, prosecutions or involvement in official investigations related to children.

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