Monday 18 February 2019

Red star future for Cascarino

CARRY on playing ... that's veteran Irish striker Tony Cascarino, who has agreed a lucrative one-year contract next season with Red Star '93.

Cascarino described the offer from the Paris-based French Third Division club, founded by the father of the World Cup, Jules Rimet, as one ``I couldn't refuse.''

``I could have stayed with Nancy, gone to either Nimes or Red Star, or retired. I would probably have stopped playing but the offer was fantastic, just too good to turn down,'' said Cascarino last night.

Cascarino, 37, will see out the season with First Division strugglers Nancy, who have three games to go.

``We play Nantes, Marseilles and Auxerre and must win two to stay up. We shouldn't be in this position as we've conceded goals in injury time in our last five games, which was crazy,'' added 'Cas who has scored 12 League goals this season.

Aldridge rapped

TRANMERE manager John Aldridge has been fined a total of £750 and warned over his behaviour following his misconduct hearing at the English FA yesterday.

He admitted the first charge of misconduct for comments made to a match official during his side's First Division match against Birmingham last November.

He was fined £500 and both Aldridge and his assistant, Kevin Sheedy - fined £150 - were severely censured.

For the charge arising from Rovers' trip to Wembley for the Worthington Cup final, Aldridge accepted the charge of inappropriate behaviour and he was fined £250 and further censured. Aldridge denied a third charge which followed comments he allegedly made to match officials during Tranmere's Division One match at Portsmouth. That case has been adjourned.

Clot scare for Earle

WIMBLEDON'S Robbie Earle is recovering in hospital after being rushed in for a blood transfusion.

Earle's injury nightmare began after he was accidentally kicked in the stomach during a reserve match with Watford. The Jamaican international initially complained of minor pains, but it subsequently turned into a blood clot in his stomach and he was taken to hospital.

He is recovering in a private clinic, although it is uncertain when he will be able to return to training.

Northern Ireland boss Sammy McIlroy has drafted York City goalkeeper Alan Fettis into his squad to face Hungary at Windsor Park next Wednesday, as Wigan's Roy Carroll has been forced to withdraw with appendicitis.

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