Sporting Digest: Football

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Paris St-Germain's French international midfielder Vincent Guerin was one of three French First Division players banned for 18 months (12 months suspended) for drug abuse yesterday. Guerin, the Toulouse defender Dominique Arribage and the Auxerre midfielder Antoine Sibierski tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone after league matches in September.

The Republic of Ireland will play Mexico in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, on 23 May. They are also hoping to arrange a friendly against Yugoslavia at the same venue on 22 April.

The former Barnsley captain John Saunders has died at the age of 47. He had been suffering from cancer. A central defender, he led the Tykes to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1979. He also played for Mansfield, Huddersfield, Lincoln and Doncaster.

AUTO WINDSCREENS SHIELD Quarter-final draw: Northern Section: Blackpool v Wigan or Rotherham; Scunthorpe v Grimsby; Macclesfield or Preston v Mansfield; Burnley or Notts County v Carlisle. Southern Section: Fulham or Wycombe Wanderers v Luton or Brentford; Bournemouth v Bristol City; Bristol Rovers v Walsall; Peterborough v Northampton or Torquay. (Ties to be played week commencing Monday 26 January).

LOAN: Craig Dudley (forward) Notts County to Shrewsbury.

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