Leeds fans back plans for move

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The Leeds United fans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving their Elland Road ground for a new stadium. Season ticket holders and supporters club members were asked to vote on the proposed move and, after 28,250 issued forms were sent out, 16,276 came back in favour – more than 87 per cent of those who voted. Those against numbered 2,301.

The Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale said: "I'm absolutely amazed by the size of the vote in favour of the move. I thought it would be a lot closer than this. This vote shows what we believe is the best way forward, both economically and development wise, to enable us to compete with the best clubs in this country and in Europe."

Manchester United are to give the Football Association the benefit of their experience in the Far East as planning for England's probable participation in next year's World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea gets underway. The commercial director Paul Barber and the executive director David Davies are members of a four-strong team of FA officials who have been visiting the host nations to investigate security, accommodation and travel arrangements.

The Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano has defused a row with the manager Bobby Robson after once again deciding to turn his back on international football.

The Peruvian went back on a promise not to play for his country in their bid for World Cup qualification. With Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruña waiting in the wings, Robson insisted he choose between club and country.

Peru's defeat by Uruguay in midweek ended their hopes of qualification, and Solano has informed his national coach Julio Cesar Uribe that he does not want to be considered for the three remaining qualifiers.

The Wolves midfielder Tony Dinning is holding talks with Wigan. The clubs have agreed a fee for the 26-year-old, believed to be in the region of £1m plus a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Sheffield Wednesday have signed Celtic's Tommy Johnson on a three-month loan contract while the Preston striker Jon Macken has handed in a transfer request.

Gibraltar's bid to join the European confederation appeared over yesterday after the governing body Uefa said it planned to introduce statutes that would prevent any British colony which, like Gibraltar, is not recognised as a political entity by the United Nations, from obtaining membership.

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