Sporting Digest: Football

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The goalkeepers Alan Kelly and Ian Bennett are about to do a pounds 3m- rated swap between Sheffield United and Birmingham City. The Republic of Ireland's Kelly met Trevor Francis yesterday to discuss terms about the transfer and is expected to join over the weekend.

Wolves yesterday signed the German midfielder Robert Niestroj from Fortuna Dusseldorf for a fee which could rise to pounds 500,000 depending on appearances.

Italian tax police have alleged that 12 present and past players of Serie A club Milan evaded taxes over a seven-year period. Those under investigation are the trio of Dutch internationals Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten, Franco Baresi and the present captain Paolo Maldini. Prosecutors in Milan must now decide whether to recommend indictment of players or officials. The club said it had not been informed about the investigation.

Uefa, the European governing body, has banned Polish champions Wisla Krakow for one year from European competition after a supporter threw a metal object at Parma's Dino Baggio during their Uefa Cup tie in Krakow last month.

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