Football: Tottenham lose appeal for Schmid

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The Tottenham manager, Christian Gross, suffered another setback yesterday when his fitness expert, Fritz Schmid, was refused a work permit on appeal by the Department for Education and Employment.

The Swiss coach wanted to bring his fellow countryman with him from Grasshopper Zurich - and last month hinted he might have to consider his position at the club if Schmid was not allowed to join him.

The DEE rejected Schmid's first application, even though the former holiday resort instructor holds Italian physiotherapy qualifications, and yesterday it confirmed that the appeal had not been sufficient to sway it from its original decision. Tottenham have the right of a second appeal to the Overseas Labour Service and can apply again on Schmid's behalf if their advertised search for a suitably qualified EU citizen fails to find the right person for the job.

Fifa, world football's governing body, yesterday confirmed that Aston Villa's transfer-listed Serbian striker, Savo Milosevic, will not be able to leave Aston Villa on a free transfer in the summer.

Milosevic had claimed he had the right to leave Villa Park for nothing at the end of this season, but Villa maintained that when they paid Partizan Belgrade pounds 3.5m in 1995 the contract had been for three years with a further one-year option. Fifa confirmed that Villa had taken up their option, which was legally binding, meaning that the striker is contracted to the club until 1999.

Arsenal will be without David Seaman, Ian Wright, Martin Keown and Lee Dixon for tonight's Coca-Cola Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea, while Patrick Vieira and Franck Leboeuf are on international duty with France. The referee David Elleray will not be fit for the match at Highbury because of an ankle injury and will be replaced by Martin Bodenham.