Sporting Digest: Football

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THE Liverpool striker, Ronnie Rosenthal, has had his case for damages against Udinese postponed until January. Rosenthal is suing the Italian Serie A club for dollars 700,000 (pounds 460,000) over a 1989 transfer deal which fell through at the last minute.

PAULO SOUSA, the Portuguese midfielder, has become the latest player to leave the financially troubled former European champions, Benfica, after his pay cheque was not met. His move follows that of the winger Antonio Pacheco a week ago. The two players have been linked with the rival Lisbon club, Sporting.

MIGUEL MEJIO, the coach of Mexico, was sent off for fighting during the Copa America Group C match against Bolivia in Portoviejo on Wednesday night. Mexico needed a draw to qualify for the quarter-finals but the pressure was too much for Mejio and he became involved in a brawl with Bolivian team officials at half-time. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.

COPA AMERICA First round Group C (Guayaquil): Argentina 1 (Simone 2) Colombia 1 (Rincon 5). (Portoviejo): Mexico 0 Bolivia 0. Final standings: 1 Colombia P 3 Pts 4; 2 Argentina 3-4; 3 Mexico 3-2; 4 Bolivia 3-2.