Sporting Digest: Football

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SLIGO ROVERS were yesterday given the all-clear to carry on with their European Cup-Winners' Cup challenge after Uefa threw out a protest by their first-round opponents, Floriana. The Maltese club were beaten 3-2 on aggregate but then complained that the height of the goalposts was wrong. 'The committee rejected the protest from Floriana, which called into question the regularity of the match,' a Uefa disciplinary spokesman said after a meeting in Zurich. Sligo now face the Belgians, Club Bruges, but will be without John Brennan, who has been banned for three matches after being sent off two minutes from the end of the second leg.

JOHN HARTSON, the Luton striker, is one of several withdrawals from the Welsh Under-21 squad for next Tuesday's friendly against Austria in Gotzis. Hartson, who misses the match at Port Vale today, has a sore Achilles tendon. Sheffield Wednesday's Ryan Jones and Robert Page, of Watford, have also withdrawn.

TRANSFERS: Barry Wilson (winger) Ross County to Raith Rovers (undisclosed fee); Scott Houghton (forward) Luton to Walsall (loan); Paul Harford (midfielder) Blackburn to Wigan (loan).

ITALY SQUAD (for European Championship Group Four v Slovenia, Maribor, Wednesday): Goalkeepers: Marchegiani (Lazio), Pagliuca (Internazionale). Defenders: Apolloni, Mussi (both Parma), Baresi, Panucci, Costacurta (all Milan), Favalli (Lazio). Midfielders: Albertini, Donadoni (both Milan), D Baggio (Parma), Berti, Bianchi (both Inter), Evani (Sampdoria). Forwards: R Baggio (Juventus), Casiraghi, Signori (both Lazio), Zola (Parma).

ENGLAND UNDER-18 SQUAD (Friendly v France, Reading, Tuesday): Allen (Everton), Beresford (Oldham), Bowyer (Charlton), Broomes (Blackburn), Cooke (Manchester Utd), Cutler (WBA), Davies (Chesterfield), Furnell (Peterborough), Hughes (Arsenal), Murphy (Crewe), Neville (Manchester Utd), O'Connor (Everton), Plummer, Power (Queen's Park Rangers), Spencer (Tottenham), Taylor (Arsenal), Thompson (Liverpool), Tyler (Peterborough).

GERMAN LEAGUE: Duisburg 0 Bayern Munich 3; Freiburg 1 Werder Bremen 3; Borussia Monchengladbach 2 Dynamo Dresden 0.

AVON INSURANCE COMBINATION First Division: Millwall 0 West Ham 3.

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