Sporting Digest: Football

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Aston Villa have been found guilty of making an illegal approach to the former Charlton youth player, Jay Lloyd Samuel. Villa, who signed Samuel last April, were fined pounds 2,000 by an FA commission in Birmingham yesterday. The Football League Appeals Committee will now consider Charlton's request for compensation.

Jim Weir, the St Johnstone central defender and captain, has agreed a new three-year deal with the Perth club he joined from Hearts in November 1994.

Leicester City made a pre-tax profit of pounds 1.5m over the six-month period that ended on 31 January.