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The technology helps officials battling to keep players creeping forward at free-kicks

Merson heals his rift with Gregory

PAUL MERSON healed his rift with John Gregory after talks at Aston Villa's training ground yesterday, but the new rapport does not guarantee the midfielder a return to the starting line-up for Monday's Premiership home match with Everton.

Football: Italian barrier on two battlefronts

The initial skirmishes over, United must begin to win.

Football European round-up: Zamorano off as Inter's new coach made to sweat

A GOAL from Michael Silvestre spared Internazionale's new coach, Mircea Lucescu, a disastrous start with an injury-time equaliser at Vicenza in Italy's Serie A yesterday, while Juventus slipped to their second successive defeat at home to Lazio.

Troops keep peace at football 'war'

THE Champions League clash between the Italian and Turkish teams of Juventus and Galatasaray passed without the feared security breaches last night. Some 22,000 troops and police were drafted in for the game in Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen stadium which ended in a tense 1-1 draw.

Football: Lucescu to be Inter coach

INTERNAZIONALE YESTERDAY signed Mircea Lucescu to coach their star-studded but volatile team to the end of the Serie A season in May.

Football: Fiorentina appeal Uefa ban

FIORENTINA HAVE appealed against the decision to expel them from the Uefa Cup because of an explosion that injured a match official in last week's game against Zurich Grasshopper, the governing body of European football has said.

European Football: Sun shines on island team

THE SUN-KISSED beaches of Majorca are likely to be eerily empty today. The usual loungers will instead be found watching Mallorca - the island's football team who hit the summit of the Spanish League for the first time last weekend - take on Deportivo La Coruna.

Alex in the shadowlands

The unsettling of Ferguson

Football: Johnson criticises Kendall signings

THE EVERTON chairman, Peter Johnson, yesterday launched a vigorous attack on the club's former manager, Howard Kendall, as he responded to charges of "gross mis-management" levelled against him at yesterday's annual meeting.

Football: Ferguson refuses to talk about Juve job

ALEX FERGUSON, the Manchester United manager, is refusing to be drawn on speculation that he has been targeted to manage the Italian giants Juventus.

Football: Pearce crowns remarkable return

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Football: Folly of Hoddle's muddled thinking

England's leadership: The national coach's indecision makes a mockery of optimism possible a few months ago

Only style will satisfy the French

The host nation have many of Europe's finest players in their side, but Paul Newman says the French sporting public demand

Football: Inzaghi hat-trick seals Italian title for Juventus as Inter lose at Bari

FILIPPO INZAGHI scored a hat-trick as Juventus beat Bologna 3-2 in a roller-coaster match in Turin yesterday to clinch their 25th Italian title.

Football: Luca the gaffer all grins as he takes over

Chelsea's new Italian player-manager is clearly at ease with his recent elevation at Stamford Bridge. Glenn Moore reports
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