Sporting Digest: Football

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Scotland will meet Chile as part of their World Cup preparations on 24 May. The match will form part of a three-match tour of the United States. A home friendly with Denmark in March and an away trip to Finland in April have already been pencilled in.

Richard Liburd is to be given a free transfer by Bradford City after the Football League upheld his appeal, finding the club had acted unreasonably in terminating his contract after the 24-year-old defender had pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault.

Plymouth Argyle have released their striker Neil Illman to avoid paying an extra pounds 15,000 instalment, due if he had made two more appearances, on his transfer fee to the UniBond League club, Eastwood Town.

Jimmy Mullen, the former Blackpool and Burnley manager, has taken charge of the GM Vauxhall Conference club Telford United in succession to Steve Daley.

Bristol City have put their leading scorer, Shaun Goater, on the transfer list after he rejected a new contract.

Middlesbrough's Craig Harrison has escaped a ban after Mike Fletcher, the referee, admitted he should not have sent him off at Ipswich last Tuesday.

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