Rick Parry, the Premier League chief executive, has told Uefa, football's European governing body, that it is wrong over its interpretation of the recent European Court ruling on the number of foreign players a team can field.
The court decreed, as part of the Jean-Marc Bosman verdict, the regulations illegal, but Uefa issued a statement saying that the "three foreigners rule" still stands. Parry goes to Brussels on Thursday to meet European Commissioners in an attempt to clarify the situation.
Sunderland fans unable to get a ticket for the FA Cup third-round replay with Manchester United will at least be able to watch the game live on television. The all-ticket Roker Park replay has been brought forward 24 hours to Tuesday 16 January for screening by Sky Sports.
Sheffield United, whose replay with Arsenal has been moved to Wednesday 17 January, will go into action with the Gunners knowing a television pay-day awaits. The BBC is to show the fourth-round match between the winner of the Bramall Lane game and Aston Villa on Sunday 28 January.
Sky's fourth-round game, which will be played the following evening, is between Queen's Park Rangers and the winners of the replay between Newcastle and Chelsea.
Everton could be boosted by the return of Daniel Amokachi for their Premiership match with Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday. The striker has been in limbo in Nigeria since his country withdrew from the African Nations' Cup.
Joe Royle, the Everton manager, said: "Our secretary Michael Dunford told me Daniel was on his way back, but we don't know when. It's great news, but I won't believe it until I actually see him back here again."
Ian Bennett, the Birmingham City goalkeeper, has broken a bone in his hand and will miss tomorrow's Coca-Cola Cup quarter-final with Norwich.
Millwall's new Russian imports, Sergei Yuran and Vasili Kulkov, look set to make their debuts this weekend against Port Vale, although the pair, signed on loan until the end of the season from Spartak Moscow, are still waiting for full international clearance.
Queen of the South, struggling near the bottom of the Scottish Second Division, have sacked their manager, Billy McLaren, after their Tennent's Scottish Cup elimination by Queen's Park. Ian McChesney has been named caretaker manager.