Football: Willie Waddell dies aged 71

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WILLIE WADDELL, one of the all-time greats of the Scottish game, has died of a heart attack at the age of 71.

Waddell made his name as a winger with Rangers and later became the Ibrox club's manager, bringing the European Cup-Winners' Cup to Glasgow in 1972.

He made his debut for Rangers in 1938 and achieved success throughout the 1940s and 1950s, winning 17 Scottish caps. After a spell in journalism, he took charge of Kilmarnock and led them to the First Division title in 1964-65.

In 1969 he succeeded Davie White at Ibrox and took on the role of general manager soon after their European triumph over Moscow Dynamo.

Waddell became an honorary director of Rangers and was the driving force behind the move to convert Ibrox into one of the best grounds in Britain.

A collection of medals, jerseys and plaques belonging to Bill Foulkes, one of Manchester United's 'Busby Babes', fetched nearly pounds 35,000 at an auction at Christie's memorabilia sale in Glasgow yesterday.

Foulkes, who survived the 1958 Munich air disaster, retired from Old Trafford in 1970. His 1968 European Cup winner's medal was sold to a mystery bidder for pounds 11,000.

Claudio Taffarel, Parma's Brazilian goalkeeper, was yesterday suspended for one game by the Italian football association's disciplinary commission, for arguing with the referee during the Lazio-Parma game which Parma lost 5-2.

The Italian tribunal also fined Napoli 15m lire (pounds 6,600) after their fans hurled objects at the Brazilian defender, Julio Cesar, who was being taken off the field on a stretcher after breaking his right leg during a recent game.

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