Football: No Blues appeal: Birmingham City forego their appeal against 'poaching' fine

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BIRMINGHAM CITY have decided not to appeal against the record fine imposed by the Football League for allegedly 'poaching' manager Barry Fry from Southend United. City were fined pounds 55,000 and also ordered to pay Southend pounds 75,000 compensation.

Paul Warhurst is on course for an early return to the Blackburn side after five months out with a broken leg. The defender-turned-striker has completed the first of three reserve matches this week and is expected back some time this month.

Celtic were yesterday accused of doctoring the poor attendance figures for Wednesday night's league match with Kilmarnock which was boycotted by thousands of fans.

Some fans - organised under a protest group Celts For Change - urged a boycott because they are furious with the Parkhead board of directors, who they blame for troubles on and off the pitch.

They claim that the official crowd of 10,882 - the lowest of the season by almost 6,000 - should have been only 8,225. The group secretly hired a Glasgow Market Research company, Scotsearch, to conduct an independent survey. Celtic vehemently deny the claim.

Portsmouth's Mark Stimson, Guy Butters and Darryl Powell have each been fined pounds 400 by the Football Association after being charged with bringing the game into disrepute. They were reported to the FA after continuing their protests about Derby's late winner at the Baseball Ground after the final whistle on 15 January.

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