Sporting Digest: Football

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The Republic of Ireland will play friendlies in Dublin against Paraguay (10 February), Sweden (28 April) and Northern Ireland (29 May) as preparation for next year's Euro 2000 qualifiers. The match between the two Irelands will benefit the Omagh Bomb Disaster Fund.The Republic will also play in Poland on 18 August and travel to Copenhagen to meet Denmark on 9 October.

Aston Villa are offering a cut-price rate to season ticket holders for their third round FA Cup tie with Hull City.

Motherwell's Scottish Premier League fixture at home to Dundee - postponed on Saturday following the death of their 19-year-old player Andy Thomson - will now be played on Wednesday 16 December