Leeds land Borowka

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ALAN NIXON

Leeds United last night secured the services of the 33-year-old German defender, Uli Borowka, on loan for the rest of the season after beating Manchester City to his signature. The Werder Bremen centre-back, who has six caps, will provide cover for suspended players. Borowka is left-sided and can also play at left-back. He has spent all of his career with Bremen, but wants a move abroad.

Another new foreigner at Elland Road is the Australian international defender, Teddy Popovic, 24, who is on trial from Sydney Croatia.

Leeds are to ask the referee Paul Danson to look again at a judgement during Saturday's game with West Ham which threatens to land Lee Chapman, who is on loan, with a three-match ban following an alleged elbowing incident.

Robbie Earle will appeal against his first red card with the help of a lip reader. The Wimbledon captain was sent off for swearing at the referee, Mike Reed, at Bolton and faces a possible three-game ban.

The professional lip reader will view a tape of the incident and break down the conversation between Earle, who had earlier had a penalty awarded against him, and the referee. "I did not actually say what the referee thought I said," Earle said. "I certainly did not swear at him."

Premier League clubs are expected to give Uefa's controversial Intertoto Cup the thumbs down at a meeting today. Their only fear is that a mass boycott of the 1996 event may bring more sanctions, after Tottenham and Wimbledon were banned for a year from Europe's major tournaments for deliberately fielding weakened teams last summer. The clubs' appeals against the ban will be heard on 26 January.

The Scottish Association yesterday agreed to introduce television evidence in disciplinary cases from the start of next season.

Dunfermline's request to have tonight's Scottish First Division match at Morton postponed has been granted. The funeral of the Dunfermline captain, Norrie McCathie, who died last week, takes place today and the club felt their players would not be in the correct frame of mind. The rearranged date is Tuesday 13 February.

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