Guppy back with O'Neill at Leicester

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Port Vale's talented winger, Steve Guppy, yesterday signed for Leicester City in a pounds 850,000 move, writes Alan Nixon. The deal could rise to pounds 1m depending upon appearances.

The 27-year-old joined Port Vale from Newcastle United in November 1994 for pounds 225,000 and began his League career playing for the Leicester City manager, Martin O'Neill, at Wycombe.

Mike Reed, the referee at the centre of the penalty controversy which ended Leicester's FA Cup hopes, has revealed he was confronted by furious fans after the 1-0 defeat by Chelsea.

Reed, 45, was trapped in his car after the match at Stamford Bridge, which was decided by Reed's extra-time penalty award. He said fans abused him and thumped his car at traffic lights near the ground.

The former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson has been training with Manchester City but might have to return to his Turkish club, Fenerbahce.

Goalkeepers will find their job specifications altered if certain rule changes are approved in Belfast by the International Board today. The most likely changes are allowing the keeper to move on his line for penalties, and extending the pass-back rule to include throw-ins.

Newcastle flotation, page 23

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