Football: Fifa blows whistle on Assenmacher

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KARL-JOSEF Assenmacher, the much-criticised German referee of last week's Rotterdam World Cup qualifier in which the Netherlands beat England, has been replaced for his next scheduled game in Belgium, according to Fifa, the game's global governing body.

Fifa said Assenmacher would be replaced by another German referee, Helmut Krug, for the World Cup tie between Belgium and the RCS on 17 November. 'After analysing the performance of (Assenmacher), the Fifa Referees' Committee has decided to replace him with Krug,' the statement read.

Steve Coppell is to sit in judgement on his former peers, Brian Clough and Terry Venables, as a member of a three-man FA commission set up to investigate allegations of irregular payments made against the two men.

Coppell will join the Premier League chief executive, Rick Parry, and a QC on the panel which will centre on the transfers of Gascoigne, Sheringham and Ruddock.

Hearts have signed Maurice Johnston from Everton on a contract lasting until the end of the season. The Norwegian midfielder, Ronny Johnsen, and the Nigerian defender, Emeko Izeugu, are to have trials with Tottenham and Oldham respectively.

Wales are expected to stay with Terry Yorath win, lose or draw in their vital World Cup qualifier against Romania next month. John Evans, the chairman of the Welsh FA, said: 'Speaking personally, I'm confident that whatever the result Terry will continue to be the full-time manager.'