Sporting Digest: Football

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Thijs Libregts, the former Netherlands national coach, has taken charge of the Athens side, Apollon. The 56-year-old Dutchman has coached three Greek club sides before.

Ulf Kirsten, of Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, has been banned for nine weeks for elbowing Schalke 04's Thomas Linke in the jaw.