Football: Date set for Spurs inquiry

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR should know next month whether they will be relegated from the Premiership.

The club, who have been charged with making irregular payments to players, will appear before a Football Association Commission on 14 June. If found guilty they could be relegated or fined, or both.

The club submitted their written reply to the FA charges yesterday, which relate to a time before Alan Sugar took control. Earlier in the day the club's shares dropped amid rumours that they had already been relegated and fined pounds 1m. The price slipped from 87p to 84p.

David May, Blackburn's 23-year-old defender, is likely to be the first Manchester United signing of the summer. May, Manchester-born and a United supporter, has had talks with Alex Ferguson, the United manager. Brian Kidd, Ferguson's No 2, has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

Ray Wilkins, the 37-year- old midfielder, signed a one- year contract with Crystal Palace yesterday. Wilkins, who was released by Queen's Park Rangers last week, rejected advances from Aston Villa, Norwich and Coventry to make Palace his seventh club.

Brian Horton, Manchester City's manager, has made a pair of Republic of Ireland international defenders, Terry Phelan and Alan Kernaghan, available for transfer. Southend United are to sign the Queen of the South striker Andy Thomson for pounds 250,000.

Inter-Cardiff, who finished as runners-up in the Konica League of Wales, will play in next season's Uefa Cup. The decison takes Welsh representation to three, although it has not yet been decided if Bangor, who won the Konica League, will play in the Uefa Cup or the Champions Cup. Barry Town will compete in the European Cup-Winners' Cup. Uefa has made it clear that Inter-Cardiff's place does not affect Newcastle's chances of being awarded a Uefa spot, which depends on UN sanctions against Yugoslavia remaining in force.

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