Jones and Kinnear replay Gullit tackle

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Vinnie Jones and the Wimbledon manager, Joe Kinnear, are to study a video replay of the challenge on Ruud Gullit before deciding whether to seek a reassessment of the 11th dismissal of Jones' career.

Jones, the Wimbledon captain, claims he played the ball when he tackled Gullit from behind during the Dons' 2-1 Boxing Day win at Stamford Bridge.

If television evidence supports that claim, Jones would be entitled to ask the referee, Dermot Gallagher, to reconsider his decision in the hope of having his second caution erased.

Gallagher yesterday declined to comment, but Pat Partridge, a spokesman for the League Referees and Linesmen's Association, said there is confusion over the tackle from behind. "People think you can't tackle from behind, but you can as long as you play the ball," he said.

Jones was adamant. "If you watch it you'll see the ball has gone before the contact," he said. "It wasn't just a little nick - the ball was in the crowd."

Robert Chase, the Norwich chairman, will carry on despite the latest protest against his 10-year reign. Over 500 angry fans called for him to quit after the 1-0 Boxing Day home defeat by Southend. Police made three arrests as demonstrations threatened to turn violent.

Chase, who is taking "sensible precautions" for the safety of himself and his family, said: "I am disappointed but, if you ask if it is deterring me or distracting me, the answer is no."

Manchester City have gone continental again. They have agreed a two-month loan trial with the Benfica central defender Edmond Abazi, an Albanian international with a Portuguese passport. City now have five "foreigners".

Aston Villa are to install undersoil heating at Villa Park - but the pounds 150,000 project will have to wait until the summer of 1997. Villa will not be able to install the system in June as their ground is one of the venues for the European Championship finals.

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