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World Cup bids tainted by bitter squabble.

The rival bids between England and South Africa to stage the 2006 World Cup yesterday descended into bitter accusations of dirty tricks by both sides.

Sports Minister Tony Banks accused South African campaign leader Danny Jordaan of "grotesque claims" that people were stabbed and killed during Manchester United's FA Cup victory over Liverpool in January.

The comments by Jordaan were made in a South African newspaper but he says he was misquoted - and has accused the English Minister of stirring up a storm. Banks was speaking in Tunisia where he and Sir Bobby Charlton were publicising England's campaign.

Jordaan said: "Generally speaking the British media are painting a gross picture of violence in our streets. Surely the first thing to do would have been to have written to us or spoken to me."

Banks said: "Mr Jordaan's claims are grotesque. Nothing like this happened. I expected the rivalry between the bidding countries to become more intense, but we can't allow statements like this to go unchallenged."

Everton expect to signing former Nottingham Forest striker Kevin Campbell on loan today, 24 hours before the transfer deadline. The 29-year-old has returned home from Trabzonspor in Turkey and will have a medical and further talks with the Merseysiders this morning.

Derby manager Jim Smith has failed to sign Crewe midfielder Seth Johnson. The 20-year-old has opted to help in the fight for First Division survival.

Liverpool will complete the signing of Dutch striker Erik Meijer this week on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling. The 29-year-old will be out of contract with German side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Wilson has been told to cough up the money for St Johnstone's Philip Scott if he wants to sign the midfielder before the transfer deadline.

The Scottish club, happy to let the 24-year-old leave on a free transfer in the summer under the Bosman ruling, say Wednesday have made a "derisory" offer.

Dundee manager Jocky Scott says Scotland under-21 winger Iain Anderson can join Chelsea for trials this week.

Former Luton Town midfielder Raddy Antic is to return as coach of Atletico Madrid, two years after leaving them. The former Yugoslav international will take over from Carlos Sanchez Aguiar, who resigned after Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Alaves.

Luton have gone into receivership with estimated debts of pounds 3 million. The decision follows legal wrangling among Luton's four-man board, which began when chairman David Kohler said he would resign if he could sell his 60 per cent controlling interest. He has not been able to sell his stake to the other three directors and remains as chairman of the existing board.

Motherwell have signed former West Brom and Wolves striker Don Goodman from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 24, 1999
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