Sporting Digest: Football

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The Middlesbrough manager, Bryan Robson, will play in Chris Morris's testimonial against Nottingham Forest at the Riverside Stadium on Friday. The 40-year-old former England captain has not played for Boro since a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on New Year's Day 1997.

Coventry's former FA Cup-winning captain Brian Kilcline was yesterday one of six first-team squad members to be released by Halifax Town.

Southampton have given a free transfer to the third choice goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, who is having trials at Notts County. The 19-year-old has decided to leave the Dell because Paul Jones and Neil Moss are ahead of him in the queue.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been named Leeds' Player of the Year in his first season in English football. The Surinam-born striker has scored 22 goals in all competitions for Leeds and is in contention for a place in Holland's World Cup squad. Norwegian midfielder or defender Tommy Knarvik, 18, was named Leeds' Young Player of the Year.

Luton Town's captain Gary Waddock yesterday announced his retirement as a player after 18 years and 573 appearances. He is the new Academy Under-17 coach at Queen's Park Rangers.

The Bristol Rovers forward Jamie Cureton suffered a hairline fracture of his left leg against Brentford last Saturday and will miss the Second Division promotion play-offs.

Aston Villa are considering signing the Australian international left- back Danny Tiatto, 24, who has spent the last six months of the season on loan at Stoke City from his Swiss club, Baden.

Macclesfield Town have said that all of their Second Division home games next season will be all-ticket.

The South Korean government has decided to go ahead with a new stadium for the 2002 World Cup finals. Government departments involved in preparations met to decide whether to build a new stadium or save money by renovating Seoul's Chamsul stadium.

The former Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher, who earned notoriety for his foul on France's Patrick Battiston at the 1982 World Cup, has been named as the new coach of the German Second Division club Fortuna Cologne. He is currently a goalkeeping coach with Borussia Dortmund.

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