Sporting Digest: Football

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Carl Asaba, the Gillingham striker, has had his appeal against a dismissal upheld by a Football Association disciplinary committee. Asaba was sent off for allegedly head-butting David Greene of Colchester on 21 February but the red card has now been expunged from Asaba's record.

Barry Horne, the Huddersfield captain, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing an operation on knee ligament damage sustained in November.

The future of Jim Farry was in doubt last night following a meeting of the Scottish Football Association's executive committee. The 10-man committee held a five-hour meeting, but were not prepared to comment as they left Park Gardens. Their recommendations will now go before the full 49-man SFA council, who assemble at Hampden Park on Monday. Farry was suspended on full pay as chief executive of the SFA following a dispute with Celtic over the delayed registration of Jorge Cadete.

The French football federation have reduced the two-match ban on Marseilles' Velodrome stadium to one match. The ban was imposed after fans at the Velodrome threw fire-crackers onto the pitch and invaded it during Marseilles' 2-0 win over Auxerre in the first round of the French Cup on 23 January. The French league leaders will serve the ban on 20 March when they were scheduled to have a home game against Lorient. It is the second time this season the Velodrome has been banned for one match for crowd trouble.

THURSDAY'S LATE RESULTS: European Cup-Winners' Cup Quarter-finals first leg: Chelsea 3 Valerenga 0; Lokomotiv Moscow 3 Maccabi Haifa 0; Panionios 0 Lazio 4; Varteks Varzdin 0 Real Mallorca 0. Peace Cup international tournament (Guatemala City): Bolivia 0 Jamaica 0; Guatemala 2 (Alegria 22, Valencia 78) Paraguay 3 (Gonzalez 24, 90, Centurion pen 88). Pontins League Second Division: Bradford 0 Huddersfield 0. Avon Insurance Combination First Division: Norwich 1 Crystal Palace 2. UniBond League Challenge Cup Third-round replay: Postponed: Colwyn Bay v Droylsden. Screwfix Direct League Les Phillips Cup Quarter-final: Postponed: Tiverton Town v Melksham Town.

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