Ruddock agrees deal with Swindon to end deadlock

Gordon Tynan
Thursday 12 December 2002 01:00 GMT

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Neil Ruddock has settled his financial dispute with Swindon Town.

At an employment tribunal an agreement was reached in which the club admitted not paying him wages and a loyalty bonus worth a total of more than £57,000, and the tribunal chairman ordered that the club pay Ruddock that amount.

The former Liverpool player's solicitor said an agreement had also been reached regarding his early termination of contract, on 31 December.

The Turkey striker Hakan Sukur has finally signed for Blackburn Rovers and has said he has recovered from his hernia injury. Hakan has signed a short-term contract after being released by Parma. "There is no problem with the injury. I am only short of training and match fitness," he said.

The former Newcastle United full-back Didier Domi has rejected the chance to return to the Premiership with Birmingham City. The former France Under-21 international has told the Blues that he intends to stay with Paris St-Germain at least for the time being.

Wimbledon plan to move into the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes as they wait for a permanent home to be built at the National Bowl.

The Dons were intending to play at a temporary stadium to be built at the Bowl by Boxing Day until the Football League requested more information about the proposal. But they confirmed yesterday the Hockey Stadium is now their preferred option until an 18,000-seat home can be built.

Millwall will increase security for their former England midfielder, Dennis Wise, on his return to Leicester City for a First Division fixture this Saturday. Wise received death threats following his decision to sue the Foxes for wrongful dismissal after a pre-season incident which left another Leicester player, Callum Davidson, with a fractured cheekbone.

The London club's security and operations adviser, Ken Chapman, said: "We've looked at every aspect of security and tightened up on certain areas because we'd anticipated this was going to be a difficult match. It would be naïve to expect anything but a hostile atmosphere."

Millwall fans have been banned from attending, and Chapman added: "There is no excuse for any of our supporters to go up there and we've asked our fans to be responsible."

Deon Burton, Derby County's former Portsmouth striker, is set to rejoin the First Division leaders on a permanent basis. The 26-year-old Jamaica international, who started his career at Fratton Park eight years ago, spent a month's loan at Pompey at the start of the season, scoring three times in six appearances. A fee is reported to have been agreed which could eventually be worth £250,000.

Aberdeen have appointed Steve Paterson as their new manager. Paterson, who leaves Inverness Caledonian Thistle after a seven-year spell, will take his assistant manager, Duncan Shearer, with him.

Paterson, a former Manchester United defender, succeeds Ebbe Skovdahl, who announced he was to step down last month.

The former Argentina World Cup player Sergio Berti has launched a second appeal against his sacking by Livingston. The 34-year-old had been dismissed for serious misconduct days after joining on a two-year deal. He allegedly spat in the face of a team-mate, Richard Brittain, during a pre-season friendly at Morecambe. He appealed to the SPL, who last week ruled for the club, but now Berti has taken the matter to the Scottish Football Association.

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