Sporting Digest: Football

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WALLACE MERCER, the chairman of Heart of Midlothian, is set to sell his controlling interest in the Edinburgh club. He confirmed yesterday that he has received an acceptable offer from a consortium led by a businessman, Edward Cobb, but that negotiations will continue with other interested parties. 'I find the offer satisfactory in terms of price, and it is in the long-term interests of Hearts,' Mercer said.

BAYERN MUNICH were yesterday told to replay their German Bundesliga match at Nuremberg on 3 May. The rematch was ordered by the German football federation, after television evidence confirmed that one of Bayern's goals in their 2-1 win last weekend did not cross the line. Bayern, deprived of two points for the victory, still lead on goal difference, ahead of Kaiserslautern, who have two matches left to Bayern's three.

GM VAUXHALL CONFERENCE

Halifax (0)0 Dagenham (0)1

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GREAT MILLS LEAGUE Premier Division: Bristol Manor Farm 0 Torrington 3.

FEDERATION NORTHERN LEAGUE First Division: Guisborough 1 Seaham Red Star 1.

HEREWARD UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE Premier Division: Stewarts and Lloyds Corby 4 Holbeach 0.

UNIJET SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE First Division: Peacehaven 3 Eastbourne Town 0.

NEVILLE OVENDEN COMBINATION First Division: Norwich 1 West Ham 0; Portsmouth 0 Brighton 2; Tottenham 1 Millwall 0.

FRENCH LEAGUE: Cannes 4 Nantes 0.

PARMA, in their final match before Wednesday's Cup-Winner's Cup final against Arsenal, were held to a 0-0 draw by Piacenza, who are struggling to avoid relegation in the Italian League. Parma fielded their first- choice team with the exception of forward Alessandro Melli, who was left on the bench but came on for the last 25 minutes as a substitute for Gianfranco Zola.

ITALIAN LEAGUE: Parma 0 Piacenza 0.

BELGIAN LEAGUE: Club Bruges 0 Seraing 0.

LIBERTADORES CUP Second round second leg: Cruzeiro (Bra) 0 Union Espanola (Chile) 0 (Union Espanola win 1-0 on aggregate). Quarter-finalists: Bolivar (Bol), Velez Sarsfield (Arg), Union Espanola (Chile), Minerven (Ven), Junior Barranquilla (Col), Independiente Medellin (Col), Olimpia (Par), Sao Paulo (Bra) or Palmeiras (Bra). (Quarter-finals will be played after World Cup finals.)

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