Sporting Digest: Football

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Claudio Caniggia, the former Argentina striker who plays for the Second Division Italian side Atalanta, denied yesterday he assaulted a photographer in his home country and said a warrant issued for his arrest was akin to treating him like a "terrorist". Caniggia will be detained when he returns to his home country, a police spokesman said. Caniggia allegedly hit the photographer because he had annoyed the striker's wife. "I only had an argument with a guy in a shopping mall. I didn't even touch him. Then this accusation appears." Caniggia told national radio from his home in Italy. "I am at the disposition of the courts and when it's time I'll testify but I haven't been summoned as of yet," he added. "It's as though they're treating me like a terrorist."

Osvaldo Ardiles, dismissed as coach of Croatia Zagreb after their elimination at the end of the first phase of the Champions, League, is to return to Japan as the new coach of Yokohama F Marinos next month. Ardiles, 48, will replace the Spaniard Antonio de la Cruz, whose contract expires on 1 January 2000 and is not being renewed.

VfB Stuttgart, the German First Division club, have released the defender Thorsten Legat from his contract over an alleged racist remark aimed at his Guinean team-mate, Pablo Thiam.

Bradford City have taken the goalkeeper Aidan Davison on loan from Sheffield United ahead of today's Premiership game with Middlesbrough at Valley Parade.

Hibernian have confirmed their winter tour dates in Trinidad and Tobago, where they will play Tobago on 9 January at the Roxborough Stadium and W Connection on 14 January 14 at the CONCACAF Centre of Excellence in Port-of-Spain.

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