Sporting Digest: Football

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JEAN-PIERRE PAPIN, the French striker, is likely to rejoin his former club, Marseille, from Milan. He has one year to run on his contract with the Italian champions, but has spent much of this season on the substitutes' bench. If he returns to Marseille, it may be on loan, because of the French club's financial problems.

KEITH COOPER, of Pontypridd, will make his Wembley debut when he referees the Coca-Cola Cup final between Manchester United and Aston Villa on 27 March.

TUESDAY'S LATE RESULTS: Beazer Homes League Dr Martens Cup semi-final second leg: Burton Albion 0 Gresley Rovers 1 (agg: 0-2).

LIBERTADORES CUP First round: Group Three: Barcelona (Ecu) 0 Universitario (Peru) 0. Group Four: Union Espanola (Chile) 1 Defensor Sporting (Urug) 0. Group Five: Minerven (Ven) 5 The Strongest (Bol) 0.

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