Palace and Forest pay high price for misconduct

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Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest have both been fined after being found guilty of "mass confrontation" by the Football Association.

Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest have both been fined after being found guilty of "mass confrontation" by the Football Association.

The First Division clubs were involved in a fracas during the August Bank Holiday game at Selhurst Park. Palace have been fined £20,000 and Forest £15,000 and both have been warned about their future conduct.

Blackburn Rovers are trying to sign the Derby striker Dean Sturridge in a swap deal for Christian Dailly. The Rovers manager, Graeme Souness, has asked his Derby counterpart Jim Smith for Sturridge in a straight exchange. Derby are also giving a trial to the Marseilles defender Lilian Martin.

Wimbledon have taken Chelsea's England Under-21 international defender Jon Harley on a three-month loan. The 21-year-old has found his first-team chances at Stamford Bridge limited since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri.

Steve Ogrizovic has ruled out the possibility of making a comeback at the age of 43 to ease Coventry's goalkeeping crisis. The Sky Blues are without the services of their first-choice keeper Magnus Hedman and deputy Morten Hyldgaard through injury.

That means they only have youth-team keeper Gary Montgomery as cover for 19-year-old Chris Kirkland, who made his full Premiership debut in Saturday's win over Tottenham.

But Ogrizovic, now on the coaching staff at Highfield Road, has ruled out adding to his 600-plus appearances he made for the club before he retired at the end of last season.

Liverpool's French winger Bernard Diomede needs a cartilage operation and could be out of action for six weeks.

Laurent Charvet arrived at Manchester City yesterday afternoon to begin talks over his move from Newcastle. City have agreed a fee with Newcastle, believed to be £2m.

Barnet have signed the ex-Ipswich midfielder Stuart Niven on a three-year contract after he impressed during a trial spell which included a first-minute goal on his full debut at Carlisle last weekend.

The Darlington captain Martin Gray is unlikely to face an FA charge for allegedly punching the Kidderminster striker John Durnin in the tunnel following the Quakers' 2-1 defeat on Tuesday. The Football League have now received the referee's report and there is no mention of the incident.

Rangers' Dutch international defender Arthur Numan has begun contract extension talks with the club's chairman David Murray.

* Emerson Leao has been named as the new coach of Brazil. The former international goalkeeper replaces Wanderley Luxemburgo.

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