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MARSEILLE will be allowed to compete in this season's European Cup, unless the French football federation find the European champions guilty of charges of bribery and name an alternative entrant before 30 August, Uefa said yesterday. Marseille are accused of 'fixing' a league game in May. Jean-Jacques Eydelie, the Marseille player who has admitted paying money to opposing players, was released from custody yesterday after telling a judge that match-fixing was common in French football.

DINAMO TBILISI, the champions of Georgia, were yesterday admitted by Uefa to this season's European Cup. The former Soviet Supreme League club will be one of 42 teams in today's draw. Hajduk Split, of Croatia, were admitted to the European Cup-Winners' Cup, but will play their home games in Zagreb.

LUTHER BLISSETT, the 35-year-old former England striker given a free transfer by Watford, is to join Wimborne Town of the Jewson Wessex League.

TRANSFERS: Dylan Kerr, defender, Leeds to Reading ( pounds 75,000); Colin West, striker, Swansea to Leyton Orient (free); Darren Collier, goalkeeper, Blackburn to Darlington (free); Graham Abel, defender, Chester to Crewe (free); Darran Rowbotham, striker, Birmingham to Crewe (free).

TRANSFER TRIBUNAL FEES: Simon Webster, defender, Charlton to West Ham ( pounds 525,000); Mark Prudhoe, goalkeeper, Darlington to Stoke ( pounds 120,000 plus pounds 25,000 after 40 appearances); Steve Mardenborough, striker, Darlington to Lincoln ( pounds 10,000 plus 50 per cent of future profit).

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