Sporting Digest: Football

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SHEFFIELD UNITED are to pay Rotherham pounds 75,000 for the goalkeeper Billy Mercer but could end up having to pay more than twice that amount because of built-in extras arrived at by a tribunal. It also decided that Stockport must pay Stoke pounds 15,000 for midfielder Paul Ware, plus a further pounds 5,000 after 25 appearances, pounds 10,000 after 50, and 10 per cent of any future profit on the player.

COLIN ADDISON, 54, has become Conference club Merthyr Tydfil's fourth manager in the past 15 months.

DIEGO MARADONA made a losing start to his new career as a coach when Deportivo Mandiyu lost 2-1 at home to Rosario Central. Maradona, who became joint coach of the team last week, watched yesterday's match from the stands. Under Argentine rules he is not allowed to join his partner Carlos Fren on the bench as he does not have a coaching certificate.

WALES' youngsters will pave the way for their senior counterparts when they begin their European Under-21 championship campaign in Moldova today. The Under-21s were expected to play in Calarasi - more than 20 miles away from the capital - but the game has been switched to the venue for the senior match tomorrow, the 25,000 capacity Republican stadium in Kishinev.

WALES V MOLDAVIA UNDER-21 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (CALARASI) (from): D Coyne (Tranmere), S Williams (Wrexham), I Hughes (Bury), R Page (Watford), D Barnhouse (Swansea), A Bird (Cardiff), A Morgan (Tranmere), C Lawton (Port Vale), J Kenworthy (Tranmere), J Hartson (Luton), L Jones (Liverpool).

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW: Accrington Stanley v Tow Law Town or Spennymoor United; Southport v Stalybridge Celtic; Altrincham v Marine; Guiseley v Whitby Town or Durham City; Bishop Auckland v Macclesfield Town; Morecambe v Witton Albion; Northwich Victoria v Blyth Spartans; Eastwood Town or Hyde United v Warrington Town; Halifax Town v Lancaster City; Stafford Rangers v Slough Town; St Albans City v Enfield; Chesham United v Bromsgrove Rovers; Billericay Town or Braintree Town v Gresley Rovers; Burton Albion v Hitchin Town or Cambridge City; Nuneaton Borough v Heybridge Swifts; VS Rugby v Chelmsford City; Yeading v Telford United; Moor Green v Aylesbury United; Solihill Borough v Kettering Town; Gloucester City v Worthing; Marlow v Sutton United; Tiverton Town v Farnborough Town; Chertsey Town or Dover Athletic v Kingstonian; Hastings Town or Carshalton Athletic v Crawley Town; Walton & Hersham v Yeovil Town; Salisbury City or Waterlooville v Ashford Town; Newport (IoW) v Newport AFC or Trowbridge Town; Cheltenham Town v Bashley or Dorchester Town.

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