LOU MACARI WARNED OVER REMARKS TO REFEREE

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The Stoke City manager, Lou Macari, escaped with a warning after the Association found him guilty of making rude remarks to referee Gerald Ashby during last month's Coca-Cola Cup tie against Newcastle. Less fortunate was Manchester City's Garry Flitcroft, who has been banned for three games after passing 21 disciplinary points due to his booking in the 1-0 win over Wimbledon last week.

Birmingham hope to sign the Danish striker, Ronnie Ekelund, from Barcelona in time for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Cup fourth-round tie at Middlesbrough.

Alan Nicholls, the former England Under-21 and Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Cambridgeshire at the weekend. He was 22.

Injuries took their toll at two Premiership clubs yesterday. Mixu Paatelainen and David Lee of Bolton are expected to be out for five weeks after hernia operations, while an ankle injury has ruled out the West Ham defender, Keith Rowland, for three weeks.

Sheffield Wednesday are giving trials to Marcus Hahnemann, an American international goalkeeper, after their third-choice goalkeeper, Lance Key, was placed on the transfer list at his own request.

Turin police have banned 28 fans from stadiums for a year for their role in riots at the match between Juventus and Fiorentina last month. They will have to report to police stations at kick-off time.

FA UMBRO TROPHY First round draw: Stalybridge Celtic v Gresley Rovers; Stafford Rangers or Tamworth v Guiseley; Colwyn Bay v Altrincham; Halifax Town v Southport; Ashton United or Lancaster City v Blyth Spartans; Dudley Town v Halesowen Town or Bilston Town; Macclesfield Town v Runcorn; Burton Albion or Bamber Bridge v Telford United; Gainsborough Trinity v Nuneaton Borough; Morecambe v Emley; Hednesford Town v Northwich Victoria; Kidderminster Harriers v Gateshead; Marine v Hyde United; Leek Town or Boston United v Chorley; Bromsgrove Rovers v Bishop Auckland or Witton Albion; Radcliffe Borough v Matlock Town; Bromley or Oxford City v Merthyr Tydfil; Rothwell Town v Welling; Bognor Regis Town v Worcester City; Dover v Cheltenham Town; Chelmsford City v Newport AFC; Bath City v Yeovil Town; Gloucester City v Molesey or Staines Town; Trowbridge Town v Sudbury Town; Carshalton Athletic or Braintree v Woking; Farnborough Town v Slough Town; Rushden & Diamonds v Purfleet; Kettering Town v St Albans City; Cambridge City v Boreham Wood; Hayes v Enfield; Stevenage v Dagenham & Redbridge; Wembley v Kingstonian. (Ties to be played 20 January).

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