Sport in Short: Football

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GHANA'S failure to reach the final stages of the African qualifying competition for next year's World Cup has led to the dismissal of their coach, the German- born Otto Pfister.

GREECE have been fined pounds 9,000 for crowd trouble during their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg last month. A flare fired from the crowd landed on the pitch, holding up play for several minutes. Rockets and fireworks were also let off during the game, which Greece won 2-0.

RONNIE WHELAN, Liverpool's Republic of Ireland midfielder who has been out since suffering a thigh injury last September, will return against Queen's Park Rangers at Anfield tomorrow in place of Paul Stewart, who damaged a hamstring against Manchester United.

SUNDAY'S LATE RESULT: Great Mills League Les Phillips Cup quarter-final: Devizes 1 Saltash 6 (after extra time).

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND TEAM (v Germany, European Under-21 Championship Group Three, Dalymount Park, Dublin, tonight): Colgan (Chelsea); S Gallen (Queen's Park Rangers), Green (Luton), Carr (Coventry), Dunne (Dundalk), Kinsella (Colchester), McGrath (Shamrock Rovers), Kavanagh (Middlesbrough), Sheridan (Coventry), J Gallen (Watford), Kelly (Leeds). Substitutes: McKenna (University College Dublin); Toal (Manchester United), Bacon (Derry City), Gillard (Luton), O'Rourke (Cobh Ramblers).