Graham ban is widened by Fifa

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GUY HODGSON

If George Graham feels the world is on his shoulders, he learned yesterday that it is certainly barred to him in football terms. Banned by the Association from working as a manager for 12 months his suspension was extended globally.

Fifa, the world's governing body, widened the geography of his punishment, and also announced they are to investigate the agent, Rune Hauge, involved in the pounds 425,000 payment that cost Graham his job at Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Neville Southall, the Everton goalkeeper, could be about to start out on a managerial career: Wales's most capped player has applied for the national team job vacated when Mike Smith was recently dismissed. The Association of Wales will give its decision early next month.

On the transfer front, Everton completed the pounds 2.7m transfer of centre back Craig Short from Derby while Middlesbrough's manager, Bryan Robson, confirmed an interest in Tottenham's Nick Barmby while expressing less enthusiasm for the reported pounds 7m fee. "I think that figure has been plucked from thin air," he said.

Crystal Palace grasped something more substantial when they signed Chelsea midfielder David Hopkin for pounds 850,000 just 24 hours after securing Millwall midfielder, Andy Roberts, in a pounds 2.3m deal.

Sheffield Wednesday expect to complete the pounds 1.5m transfer of Anderlecht's Belgium captain, Marc Degryse, and are believed to have agreed a pounds 900,000 fee with Derby for the Welsh international midfielder Mark Pembridge. Derby, in turn, anticipate signing former Ajax striker Ron Willems, from Zurich Grasshoppers, for pounds 300,000.

Swindon have been told by a League transfer tribunal that they must pay Bristol City pounds 475,000 for the Bristol City striker Wayne Allison. More bizarrely, Third Division Wigan hope to complete an audacious coup by signing three Spanish players - Jesus Seba (Real Zaragoza), Roberto Martinez and Isiero Diaz (both Baluger).

John Barnes, 31, will sign a new three-year contract within the next 48 hours that will keep him at Liverpool until the end of his career. And Nottingham Forest's Lars Bohinen has pulled out of Norway's international against France in Oslo on Saturday in protest against French plans to test nuclear weapons in the Pacific.

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