Football: Cardiff fined over crowd trouble

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CARDIFF CITY'S supporters have cost the club the severest punishment ever inflicted by the Football Association of Wales. A fine of pounds 25,000 was imposed yesterday while a further pounds 30,000 penalty was suspended until the end of the season.

The punishment follows crowd disturbances at Ninian Park during a Second Division match against Swansea and an FA Cup tie with Luton Town. The threat of the financial penalty had been hanging over Cardiff since early-season trouble at Fulham.

In addition 83 supporters, who have been either arrested or ejected from matches involving Cardiff during 1993-94, will be banned from attending games in Wales for 'an indefinite period'.

'The FA of Wales has imposed these punishments,' Alun Evans, its secretary, said, 'to declare its intention of ensuring that the well-behaved fans will be able to support their favourite teams without matches being played behind closed doors, or kicking off in mid-morning on weekdays.'

Birmingham, second bottom in the First Division, have failed to sign Benfica's Jose Domingues. Barry Fry had hoped to complete a pounds 180,000 transfer after the winger's three-week trial at St Andrew's, but Domingues is now having talks with Blackburn.

Lee Power's pounds 200,000 transfer to Second Division Bradford went through yesterday, after a change of heart by the initially reluctant Norwich striker.

Leeds' Howard Wilkinson announced yesterday that he wanted to sign a goalscorer before the transfer deadline. He did not reveal who, but a deal could be financed by a possible transfer of pounds 3m-rated Gary Speed to Everton.

Aston Villa's manager, Ron Atkinson, has given First Division Wolves permission to use on-loan striker Guy Whittingham in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final tie at Chelsea. He will almost certainly play alongside David Kelly.

Ipswich could be without Craig Forrest for the rest of the season with an abdominal injury. The 26-year-old Canadian goalkeeper ripped his groin during the warm-up for Saturday's home match against Arsenal.

John Toshack's Wales will unveil a new tactical system against Norway tomorrow. It involves one target man playing alone up front with three forwards behind him, two full- backs pushing up to supplement the midfield, two marking centre-backs and a sweeper.

Torino have been summoned to a disciplinary hearing by Uefa following allegations that the Italian club offered prostitutes to referees at European club cup matches.

Real Madrid yesterday sacked their coach, Benito Floro, after an emergency board meeting.

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