Sport in Short: Football

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MARCO VAN BASTEN was yesterday named Fifa's World Player of the Year for 1992. The 28-year-old Dutch striker finished ahead of the Bulgarian forward, Hristo Stoichkov, and the German midfielder, Thomas Hassler, in a poll conducted among national coaches from 70 countries.

GORDON WALLACE, Dunfermline's assistant manager, has been fined pounds 250 and banned from the dug-out for six months by the Scottish FA for remarks made to a linesman during his side's defeat by Ayr United in the Scottish Cup last month.

BARNET will attempt to have their pounds 50,000 fine for financial irregularities reduced when they appear before an FA appeals committee today.

KONICA LEAGUE OF WALES: League Cup Preliminary round: Afan Lido 1 Aberystwyth 0.

HFS LOANS LEAGUE CUP Third round: Emley 1 Colwyn Bay 1.

GREAT MILLS LEAGUE Premier Division: Taunton 6 Dawlish 0.

PONTINS LEAGUE First Division: Leicester City 2 Rotherham United 2. Second Division: Mansfield Town 1 Blackpool 0.

NEVILLE OVENDEN COMBINATION First Division: Charlton 4 Luton 0; Chelsea 2 Bristol City 3; Millwall 0 Crystal Palace 2. Second Division: Postponed: Torquay v Plymouth.

FA YOUTH CUP Fourth round: Bristol City 1 Swindon Town 0; Nottingham Forest 3 Preston North End 3.

FRIENDLY INTERNATIONAL (Nicosia): Cyprus 0 Poland 0.

VAUXHALL FA CHALLENGE TROPHY Third-round draw: Telford United v Boston United; Grays Athletic v Gateshead; Chesham United v Sutton United; Stalybridge Celtic or Merthyr Tydfil v Warrington Town; Morecambe or Wycombe Wanderers v Bromsgrove Rovers; Witton Albion v Marine; Glocuester City or Runcorn v Winsford United; Northallerton Town v Farnborough Town. (Ties to be played on Saturday, 20 February).

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