Bolton to stand by Tofting after jail sentence
Wednesday 16 October 2002
Stig Tofting has been sentenced to four months in jail after being found guilty of assault in a Copenhagen restaurant. Bolton's Danish international was found guilty of attacking the manager of the Cafe Ketchup after a complaint from staff about singing during a night out with fellow internationals following the squad's return from the World Cup.
He will not begin the jail term immediately and was yesterday afternoon flying back to England to rejoin Sam Allardyce's squad while considering an appeal. Karsten Aabrink, who represents Tofting, said he expects the midfielder to be in the Bolton squad for Sunday's match at Tottenham. "Bolton have supported Stig and they're standing by their man and we're pleased by that," Aabrink said.
Matthew Dunham, one of the administrators in charge of Barnsley, admitted he took the decision to sack the club's manager, Steve Parkin, "for the future of the club". Parkin has been dismissed along with his assistant, Tony Ford, and the chief scout, Russell Richardson, after a poor start to the season by the Tykes.
The cash-strapped club, who went into administration almost two weeks ago, have won only four of their opening 13 games of the new campaign.
Dunham, of RSM Robson Rhodes, said: "It's not easy being an administrator of a football club. Some hard decisions have to be made and this was a very hard decision. I'm not a football expert and I consulted with the club's directors, but the decision was mine."
Leicester City have revealed they are "at an advanced stage" in negotiations with creditors and the Professional Footballers' Association as the club's plc board look to avoid being placed into administration. The Foxes want to cut their wage bill by 20 per cent.
Carlisle have been cleared to come out of administration after a hearing in Leeds. Full control has been handed to owner John Courtenay and the directors.
Ipswich Town have made a surprising move to speak to Leicester City's Micky Adams about their managerial vacancy. The chairman, David Sheepshanks, rang Leicester yesterday to ask to talk to Adams about the post.
Robert Pires played the full 90 minutes of a friendly against Queen's Park Rangers at Arsenal's training ground yesterday. Pires, who damaged cruciate ligaments against Newcastle in March, scored one of the goals as Arsenal won 5-1.
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