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The former Manchester City vice-chairman Freddie Pye has joined the board of First Division rivals Sheffield United. The Sheffield chairman, Mike McDonald, said: "He knows just about everyone in the game and will be a major asset to the club."

Leicester will be without their defender Pontus Kaamark for a month after he broke a bone in his left arm. The Swede, who only recently returned after a year out with ruptured knee ligaments, was injured in Saturday's FA Cup win over Norwich.

The Association of Ireland has been fined SFr1,000 (pounds 475) following incidents during a European Championship Under-16 tie against Lithuania on 20 November. The Republic were beaten 2-1 in the match at Limavady, and individuals on the Irish bench were reported for their behaviour.

The Portuguese club, Boavista, has been fined SFr50,000 for the violent conduct of its fans in a Uefa Cup match last year against Internazionale. Milan, Paris St-Germain, Bruges and Schalke 04 were all fined SFr30,000 for the conduct of their fans in European competitions.

Nigeria's national coach, Amodu Shaibu, has been suspended indefinitely at the weekend "for gross misconduct, insubordination and making embarrassing remarks about its activities and the person of the sports minister," a Nigerian Association spokesman said. The Frenchmen, Claude Leroy and Phillipe Troussier, who both have coaching experience in Africa, have been included on the shortlist for Shaibu's replacement.

England's David Elleray is one of 23 leading referees who will attend a Uefa workshop in Limassol, Cyprus, on 10-11 February. It has been set up to prepare them for the final stages of the club competitions. Stephen Dunn, of England, and Scotland's Alan Freeland are to attend an introductory course for new international referees at the same venue from 13-15 February.

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