Football: Walsh dismissive of Wright incident

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Steve Walsh, the Leicester City captain, insisted yesterday that the incident which brings himself and Arsenal's Ian Wright before an FA disciplinary hearing today did not merit any punishment.

Walsh and Wright are due to answer misconduct charges after appearing to square up to each other after Leicester's 3-3 draw with Arsenal last month. Arsenal's Patrick Vieira and their assistant manager, Pat Rice, will also be asked to explain their actions.

"I can't believe they'll do anything because what happened doesn't warrant it," Walsh said. "The only thing that worries me is that if they hammer him [Wright], they'll feel bound to penalise me too. Or if they go easy on him they may want me as a consolation prize.''

Colin Todd, the Bolton manager, is willing to sign the French international striker Michael Madar on the strenth of a video tape. Todd moved quickly forMadar in order to intercept a West Ham bid, and and is talking terms with the player and his club, Deportivo La Coruna.

Fabrizio Ravanelli could finally be on his way out of Middlesbrough after discussing a return to Italy with Milan. Boro are believed to be ready to cut their asking price to pounds 6m.

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